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Male, US, born 1902-08-08, died 1969-01-16

Associated with the firms network

Becket, Welton D., and Associates, Architects; Bodmer, Wurdeman and Becket, Architects; Plummer, Wurdeman, and Becket, Architects; Powers, C. Waldo, Architect; Southeast Housing Architects, Associated; Wurdeman and Becket, Architects


Professional History

Employed as a designer-draftsman in a small architectural office [that of C. Waldo Powers?]in Los Angeles, CA, c. 1928-1929; Principal, Welton D. Becket, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1929-1933; Partner with Walter C. Wurdeman and Charles Plummer: Becket, Wurdeman and Plummer, Los Angeles, CA, 1933-1939 (Plummer dies in 1939); Partner: Becket and Wurdeman, 1939-1949 (Wurdeman dies in 1949); President, Welton Becket and Associates, 1949-1968; Chairman of the Board of Welton Becket and Associates, 1968-1969 (Welton Becket dies in 1969); offices opened in San Francisco 1949, New York 1950, and Houston 1960; Office merged with Ellerbe Associates of Minneapolis, c. 1988 to form Ellerbe Becket, based in Minneapolis;

Education

B.Arch., University of Washington, Seattle, 1923-1927; attended Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Fontainebleau, France, 1928;

First Place, Pan Pacific Auditorium Competition, Los Angeles, 1934; Honor Award, American Institute of Architects, 1936; Award, Pan American Congress of Architects, 1950; Fellow, American Institute of Architects, 1952;

Personal

Becket was born in WA, and died in Los Angeles County, CA, at the age of 66;

His mother's maiden name was McDonald.

Married.

Sons: Bruce and Welton D. Becket, Jr.

Becket served on a small committee of the American Institute of Architects, Southern California Chapter, advising movie producers on the film, "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House," in 1947. Becket sought to build the most efficient and technologically advanced architectural firm in the world. It was also the largest. In order to maximize efficiency and to supervise his vast drafting room, he could sit in his large private office and review work in the drafting room via closed-circuit television camera.


PCAD id: 69


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1st Interstate Bank, World Center, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA1988-1990Los AngelesCA
400 South Hope Street Office Building, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA1982Los AngelesCA
500 Jefferson Avenue Office Building, Houston, TX1963HoustonCA
800 Wilshire Boulevard Building, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA1970-1972Los AngelesCA
Aetna Life and Casualty Company, Office Building, San Francisco, CA1969San FranciscoCA
Airways Hotel, Westchester, Los Angeles, CA1963Los AngelesCA
Anaconda Wire and Cable Company, Office and Recreation Building, Orange, CA1954OrangeCA
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Beaumont, William, Hospital, El Paso, TXEl PasoTX
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Buffums' Department Store, Santa Ana, CA1950Santa AnaCA
Bullock's Department Store, Pasadena, CA1946-1947PasadenaCA
Bullock's Westwood Department Store #2, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA1950-1951Los AngelesCA
Centinela Valley Community Hospital, Inglewood, CA1961InglewoodCA
Century City Master Plan, Century City, Los Angeles, CA
Cinerama Dome Theatre, Hollywood, Los Angeles1962-1963
City of Los Angeles, Department of Water and Power (LADWP), Central Distribution Center, Los Angeles, CA1988-1989Los AngelesCA
City of Los Angeles, Police Department (LAPD), Police Administration Building (PAB) #1, Los Angeles, CA1952-1955Los AngelesCA
City of New York, Department of Education, New Queens High School, Queens, New York, NYNew YorkNY
City of Santa Monica, Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA1956-1958Santa MonicaCA
City of West Hollywood, City Hall, West Hollywood, CAWest HollywoodCA
Colorado Place, Santa Monica, CA1981-1984Santa MonicaCA
County of Los Angeles, Music Center, Ahmanson Theatre, Bunker Hill, Los Angeles, CA1966-1967Los AngelesCA
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County of Los Angeles, Music Center, Taper, Mark, Forum, Bunker Hill, Los Angeles, CA1966-1967Los AngelesCA
Cullen Center, Master Plan, Houston, TX1962HoustonTX
Decker Square Office Buildings and Department Store, Bala Cynwyd, PA1968Bala CynwydPA
Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States, Office Building, Los Angeles, CA1967-1969Los AngelesCA
Factoria Shopping Center, Factoria, WA
Fluor Corporation, Headquarters Building, Irvine, CA1977-1981IrvineCA
General Petroleum Building, Los Angeles, CA1947Los AngelesCA
Great Wall Sheraton Hotel, Beijing, People's Republic of ChinaBeijing
Hampshire Plaza, Manchester, NHManchesterNH
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Hilton Hotels Corporation, Beverly-Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA1953-1955Beverly HillsCA
House of Tomorrow, Los Angeles, CA1946Los AngelesCA
Humble Oil and Refining Company, Headquarters Building, Downtown, Houston, TX1963HoustonTX
Hyatt Corporation, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Dallas, TXDallasTX
Innes Company Shoe Store, Los Angeles, CALos AngelesCA
Jai Alai Auditorium, Manila, The Philippines1940Manila
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Kaiser Industries, Kaiser Center I, Oakland, CA1960OaklandCA
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Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA1958-1959Los AngelesCA
Magnin, I., Department Store #2, Seattle, WA1953-1954SeattleWA
Marina del Rey Hotel, Marina del Rey, Los Angeles, CA1963Los AngelesCA
Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company, Office Building, San Francisco, CA1969San FranciscoCA
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Pan-Pacific Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA1934Los AngelesCA
Park Plaza Shopping Mall, Oshkosh, WI1970OshkoshWI
Pierce National Life Building, Los Angeles, CA1968-1970Los AngelesCA
Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Standard Oil Company of California, Gas Station, Westchester, Los Angeles, CA1961Los AngelesCA
Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Theme Building, Westchester, Los Angeles, CA1957-1961Los AngelesCA
Prudential Insurance Company of America, Prudential Square Building, Los Angeles, CA1948Los AngelesCA
Public Beach Resort, Linda Isle, Newport Harbor, CA
Pueblo del Rio Public Housing, Vernon, CA1940-1941VernonCA
Salvatori, Henry, House, Bel-Air, Los Angeles, CA1941Los AngelesCA
San Fernando Valley Country Club, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, CALos AngelesCA
Seahawks Stadium, Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA1998-2002SeattleWA
Security Pacific National Bank (SPNB), Tower and Branch, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA1967Los AngelesCA
Seibu Department Stores, Department Store, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles, CA 1960-1961Los AngelesCA
Shell Oil Company, Information Center Project, Houston, TXHoustonTX
Sheraton Hotel, Tehran, IranTehran
Sherman Oaks Fashion Square, Bullock's Fashion Square, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA1961-1962Los AngelesCA
Standard Federal Savings and Loan Association, Los Angeles, CA1953Los AngelesCA
Tilford's Restaurant, Los Angeles, CA1946Los AngelesCA
Tishman Office Building, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA1971Los AngelesCA
United States Government, Department of Justice, Edward R. Roybal Center, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA1990-1992Los AngelesCA
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Ackerman Student Union, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA1959-1960Los AngelesCA
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Acosta Training Center, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA1965-1967Los AngelesCA
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Campus Plans, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA1948-1968Westwood, Los AngelesCA
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Humanities Building Project, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA1953Los AngelesCA
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Sproul Hall, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA1959-1964Los AngelesCA
Walt Disney World, Polynesian Village Hotel, Orlando, FLOrlandoFL
Webb's, Del, International Airport Center, McCulloch Center, Los Angeles, CA1962-1964Los AngelesCA
Webb's, Del, International Airport Center, McCulloch Center, Security 1st National Bank, Branch, Los Angeles, CA1962Los AngelesCA
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Worcester Center, Worcester, MAWorcesterMA
Wurdeman, Arthur, House, Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA1941Los AngelesCA
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Xerox Square, Downtown, Rochester, NY1966-1968RochesterNY
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