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William R. Burk Office Records

Identifier: SEAA-042

Scope and Contents

This collection of records from New Orleans architect William R. Burk's office, as well as records from successor offices, includes project drawings and photographs of commercial, institutional, residential, and social projects in New Orleans, across Louisiana, and throughout the United States.


  • 1915–1977


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is the physical property of Tulane University Special Collections. Copyright belongs to the creators or their legal heirs and assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or owner’s heir for permission to publish where Tulane University Special Collections does not hold the copyright. For further information, please contact Research Services at

Biographical / Historical

William R. Burk (1887-1961) had a long, successful career as an architect in New Orleans. His office was responsible for many commissions in New Orleans and the surrounding area, including churches and rectories. Burk was succeeded in practice by his son, Thompson B. Burk, whose office produced many structures, most designed by partner James Lamantia.

Office chronology: William R. Burk (1910-1919); Burk and Dufrechou (1919-1922) (Francois P. Dufrechou, Jr. 1894-1952); William R. Burk (1923-1944); William R. Burk Associated Architects (1944-1955); Burk, LeBreton, and Lamantia (1955-1962) (William R. Burk, Jr. 1912-1986) (Thompson B. Burk, 1914-1995) (Denvrich C. LeBreton, 1911-1996) (James R. Lamantia, 1923-2011); Burk and Lamantia (1962-1963); Thompson B. Burk and Associates (1963-1980s).


445.92 Linear Feet (132 folders, 2 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged into two series: Series 1: Project Drawings; Series 2: Project Photographs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Records were given by William R. Burk, Jr. to Tulane in 1979, and an additional gift was given in 1982.

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Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US