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Male, Scotland/US, born 1889-12-23, died 1971-10-01

Associated with the firms network

Houghton, Edwin W., Architect; Priteca and Chiarelli, Architects; Priteca and Holmes, Architects; Priteca and Peters, Architects; Priteca and Sonnichsen, Architects; Priteca, B. Marcus, Architect


Professional History

Résumé

Apprentice, Judge Robert McFarland Cameron, Architect, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1904-1909; Draftsman, E.W. Houghton, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1909-1911; Priteca also knew W. Marbury Somervell early on, but it is not clear whether he worked in his office; Somervell ended his partnership with Joseph S. Coté in 1909, and it's possible that Priteca worked for the former during this transition; Principal, B. Marcus Priteca, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1911-c. 1964; Priteca was retained as architect for all Pantages Theatres designed between 1910 and 1929, numbering approximately 30; he worked in Los Angeles, 1922-1929; the Scottish-born architect is credited with having designed over 150 movie theatres during his career; beginning in 1914, Priteca operated his office at 507-511 Pantages (later Palomar) Building, an office tower of his own design, in Seattle, WA. He worked from here until late 1964; the Palomar Building was demolished in 1965. Priteca associated with a number of architects on various projects over the years, but always maintained his independent practice.

Professional Activities

President, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Seattle Chapter, 1938. Priteca completed a 15-week course, Camouflage School, Camouflage Division, Office of Civilian Defense, University of Washington, 10-12/1942; Chairman, AIA, Washington State Chapter, Nominating Committee, 1948;

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 1951;

Education

College

General studies coursework, Watson's College, Edinburgh, Scotland, c. 1907; Priteca held both B.A. and B.S. degrees.

Gold Medal, Royal Institute, Edinburgh, Scotland; in conjunction with this award, Priteca received scholarship money enabling him to travel to Seattle, WA, in 1909, to attend the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (AYPE).

Personal

Relocation

Born in Scotland, Benjamin Marcus Priteca grew up in a prosperous professional family in Edinburgh, Scotland; he received his secondary and university education in Scotland; the architect traveled from Glasgow, Scotland to Montreal, QC, Canada on 07/05/1909 aboard the S.S. Grampian; he traveled to Canada with Isabel Atchison (born c. 1871 in Scotland); his final destination was Seattle, WA; Priteca reported an address of 1909 Lakeview Boulevard East, Seattle, WA, in 1917, 1930 and 1942; in the former year, Priteca had already purchased the house which was valued at $6,000; he and his mother lived there in 1930. Priteca died in Seattle, WA, at the age of 81 of cancer.

Parents

His mother's was Dina Priteca (born c. 1872 in Russia), a Jewish immigrant to Scotland from Russia; his father was Charles Priteca. In 1909, his mother lived at 14 Roxburgh Street, Edinburgh, Scotland. According to the U.S. Census of 1920, his younger sisters Fannie S. (born c. 1890 in Scotland) and Esther Anna (born 09/25/1896 in Scotland-d. 11/1971 in Seattle, WA) lived with B. Marcus and their mother in Seattle.

Spouse

Priteca never married.

Biographical Notes

A number of dates have been given for Priteca's birth, including 1890 and 12/23/1881. (In 2001, John Edward Powell. indicated his birth to have occurred in Glasgow, Scotland, 12/23/1881. SeeAccessed 03/07/2005); the Washington State Death Index noted a "Bernard Priteca," born 12/23/1889 and died 10/1971; Priteca's World War I Draft Registration Card indicated that his name was "Bernard Marcus Priteca" and his birth date to have been 12/23/1886.

At this time, 06/05/1917, he was still a subject of Great Britain; he was described at age 30 as being short and stout with grey eyes and dark brown hair. Priteca's nickname was "Benny." Priteca smoked more than 20 cigars per day. SSN: 536-36-3884.



Associated Locations

  • Seattle, WA (Architect's Death)
    Seattle, WA

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PCAD id: 268


NameDateCityState
4th Avenue Theatre, Downtown, Anchorage, AK1941-1947AnchorageAK
B. and M. Theatre, Seattle, WA1924SeattleWA
Canadian Bank of Commerce, Los Angeles, CA1931Los AngelesCA
Central Hotel, Downtown, Tacoma, WA1927TacomaWA
Chevra Bikur Cholim Synagogue #3, Central District, Seattle, WA1909-1915SeattleWA
Chevra Bikur Cholim Synagogue #4, Seward Park, Seattle, WA1964SeattleWA
City of Seattle, Police Department (SPD), Public Safety Building #2, Seattle, WA1946-1950SeattleWA
Coliseum Theatre #2, Downtown, Seattle, WA1915-1916SeattleWA
Crystal Swimming Pool, Seattle, WA 1915-1916SeattleWA
Evergreen State Theatre, Olympia, WA1948-1950OlympiaWA
Lathrop Building, 4th Avenue Theatre, Anchorage, AK1947AnchorageAK
Longacres Race Track, Renton, WA
Magnolia Theatre, Magnolia, Seattle, WA1947-1948SeattleWA
Majestic Theatre, Ballard, Seattle, WA1914-1915SeattleWA
Marshall Square Office Building, San Francisco, CASan FranciscoCA
Mercy Theatre, Yakima, WA1919-1920YakimaWA
Office Building and Theatre Project, Aberdeen, WAAberdeenWA
Orpheum Building, Downtown, Seattle, WA 1926-1927SeattleWA
Orpheum Theatre #2, Vancouver, BC, Canada1926-1927VancouverBC
Orpheum Theatre #4, San Francisco, CA1926San FranciscoCA
Orpheum Theatre #7, Downtown, Seattle, WA 1926-1927SeattleWA
Pacific Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA1931Beverly HillsCA
Pantages Office Building #2, Pantages Theatre #2, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA1919-1920Los AngelesCA
Pantages Office Building #2, Pantages Theatre #2, Downtown, Seattle, WA 1914-1915SeattleWA
Pantages Theatre #1, Vancouver, BC, Canada 1907-1908VancouverBC
Pantages Theatre #2, Tacoma, WA1916-1918TacomaWA
Pantages Theatre #2, Vancouver, BC, Canada 1916-1917VancouverBC
Pantages Theatre, Downtown, Fresno, CA1928FresnoCA
Pantages Theatre, Downtown, San Diego, CA 1923-1924San DiegoCA
Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA1929-1930Hollywood, Los AngelesCA
Pantages Theatre Project, New Orleans, LA1921
Pantages Theatre Project, Pasadena, CAPasadenaCA
Pantages Theatre, Salt Lake City, UT
Pantages Theatre, San Francisco, CA1910-1911San FranciscoCA
Paramount Theatre, Downtown, Seattle, WA1927-1928SeattleWA
Portola Theatre, West Seattle, Seattle, WA1919SeattleWA
Priteca, Benjamin M., House, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Seattle Center, Opera House, Seattle, WA1960-1962SeattleWA
Seattle Talmud Torah Synagogue, Seattle, WA1929-1930SeattleWA
Temple De Hirsch Sinai, Sanctuary #2, Central District, Seattle, WA1959-1960SeattleWA
Tower Theatre, Downtown, Bend, OR1939-1940BendOR
Union Stables, Seattle, WA1909-1910SeattleWA
United States Navy (USN), Naval Reserve Building, South Lake Union, Seattle, WA1941-1942SeattleWA
Warner Brothers Downtown Building, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CAHollywood, Los AngelesCA
Warner Brothers Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA1930-1931Beverly HillsCA
Warner Brothers Theatre, Huntington Park, CA1930Huntington ParkCA
Washoe Theatre, Anaconda, MT1936AnacondaMT
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