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T Charles Gaastra

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Nationality  American
Died  1947
Role  Architect
Name  T. Gaastra
Occupation  Architect

Born  1879Netherlands
Awards  710 Gildersleeve Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico International Exhibit of Architecture-Berlin
Practice  Gaastra, Gladding and Johnson
Buildings  Wool Warehouse (Albuquerque, New Mexico), Eugene Field School, Bishop's Lodge, Bernalillo County Court House, 710 Gildersleeve Street, Santa Fe, Carlisle Gymnasium, University of New Mexico campus, Theatre Building for Jack Brandenburg, Gormley School, Baumann House, Cassell building, Santa Fe Plaza, Monte Vista Elementary School
Structures  New Mexico-Arizona Wool Warehouse, Baumann House, Hendren Building, Carlisle Gymnasium

[Wikipedia] T. Charles Gaastra


Tjalke Charles Gaastra (1879 – 1947) was an American architect who worked in the American southwest in the first half of the twentieth century. He won the International Exhibit of Architecture in Berlin for the Gildersleeve house in Santa Fe, New Mexico which he designed for New Mexico Supreme Court justice, David Chavez. Gaastra was a major player in the Spanish Pueblo Revival architectural style in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Gaastra's best-known buildings include the 710 Gildersleeve property, Cassell building, Bishop's Lodge, Gormley Elementary School, and Gustave Baumann house in Santa Fe, New Mexico; the Wool Warehouse, Monte Vista Elementary School, Carlisle Gymnasium, Hendren Building, and old Bernalillo County Courthouse in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and the Theatre Building built for Jack Brandenburg in Taos, New Mexico. Several of Gaastra's buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Early-to-mid-life

Tjalke Charles Gaastra was born in 1879, and immigrated to the mid-western United States with his family. Between the ages of 14 to 21, Gaastra worked as a hod carrier, bricklayer and logger. From 1901-1910, he was listed as an architect in Kenosha, Wisconsin. In 1911, Gaastra received his architecture license from the state of Illinois, and worked in Chicago for seven years designing schools. He married in 1917 and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1918. Gaastra was architect on the Gildersleeve home built for David Chavez in 1928, property originally owned by painter/photographer, Carlos Vierra.

Move to Albuquerque

in 1923, T. Charles Gaastra, who had come to Santa Fe in 1918 and designed buildings using the emergent Santa Fe style, had moved his practice to the larger, more promising Albuquerque which left architects John Gaw Meem and Cassius McCormick in demand.

References

T. Charles Gaastra Wikipedia


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