Non-Residential Buildings

Broadway Village Shopping Center

Joesler's commercial structures are numerous, including warehouses, markets, office buildings and individual retail shops. His most successful commercial building is the Broadway Village Shopping Center, built in 1939. The use of "village" in the title is quite intentional, as Joesler tried to create the scale and character of a village, whose model is said to be the Mexican village of Patzcuaro. Located far from downtown shops, the innovation of Broadway Village as a shopping center is its opposition to the traditional "strip" commercial development. Parking is relegated to the back of the property, allowing the building and its sculpted outdoor spaces to face Broadway and inviting people to participate in a pedestrian experience. The scale and use of Spanish Colonial Revival forms, low-pitched clay tile roofs, arched openings, carved niches, arcades, stairways, mortar-washed brick and colored ceramic tile implies a timeless quality to this complex that invokes antiquity.

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St. Michael and All Angels

Inspired by the Pueblo architecture of New Mexico, St. Michael's and All Angels was built in 1953, after Joesler’s return to practice architecture after World War II. The plan of this church takes after its namesake, the 17th century Mission San Miguel located in Santa Fe using a single nave with a multi-sided apse. The entrance facade, however, takes after the Mission Santo Tomas of Trampas, as well as others, which is composed of a second story balcony supported on both sides by short, tower-like forms. Joesler used details such as entry portals, wooden beams, lintels, corbels, and iron joinery to reinforce the overall visual image of antiquity and timelessness. Joesler's use of outdoor space in the form of an entry atrio surrounded by building, wall and portal remains consistent with its use in the 17th century mission churches of New Mexico as well as those of 16th century Central Mexico.

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