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


Professional History

Résumé

Employed as a designer-draftsman in a small architectural office [perhaps that of C. Waldo Powers], Los Angeles, CA, c. 1928-1929.

Principal, Welton D. Becket, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1930-1932. Becket worked on his own is Seattle but also collaborated with Walter Wurdeman between 1930 and 1932 under three different names in Seattle, including "Welton D. Becket, Architect; Walter C. Wurdeman, Associated Architects," (1930), "Welton D. Becket, Architect; Walter C. Wurdeman, Engineer," (1930), "Becket and Wurdeman, Architect & Engineer," (1931-1932).

Partner, Plummer, Wurdeman and Becket, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, 1933-1939. Charles Plummer died in 1939. The Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1938, (p. 219), indicated that Becket was the Secretary-Treasurer of Plummer, Wurdeman and Becket.

Becket joined the US military on 02/16/1942. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation The National Archives in St. Louis, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 122, accessed 09/19/2018.)

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 died in 1969); offices were opened in San Francisco (1949), New York (1950), and Houston (1960).

After his death, the firm became referred to as "Welton Becket Associates," the "and" usually dropped. It remained this until 1988 when it merged with Ellerbe Associates of Minneapolis, MN, to form "Ellerbe Becket," headquartered in Minneapolis. Ellerbe Becket had offices in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Los Angeles, New York, NY, Washington, D.C., Chicago, IL, and Tampa, FL.

Professional Activities

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Becket served on a small committee of the AIA, 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.

Master Planner and Supervising Architect, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Westwood, Los Angeles, CA, 1949-1969.

Professional Awards

Recipient, First Prize, Pan Pacific Auditorium Competition, Los Angeles, CA, 1934.

Honor Award, American Institute of Architects, 1936.

Award, Pan American Congress of Architects, 1950.

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 1952.

Education

College

B.Arch., University of Washington, Seattle, 1923-1927;

Coursework, École des Beaux Arts, Fontainebleau, France, 1928.

Personal

Relocation

Becket was born in Seattle, WA, and grew up in this city. In 1910, Welton lived with his parents and four siblings at 1815 6th Avenue West in Seattle. The Beckets also housed two lodgers in 1910, David Foote, also a gold miner, (born c. 1850 in Canada) and E.O. Miller (born c. 1890 in ND). Ten years later, the 1920 US Census, recorded that Evangeline Becket resided in an apartment house at 1416 East 41st Street in Seattle; Welton's brother, Lloyd, lived with his wife, Annabel, (born c. 1895 in MI) in the same building. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1920; Census Place: Seattle, King, Washington; Roll: T625_1925; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 76, accessed 09/19/2018.) Welton attended the University of Washington (UW), graduating in 1927; his mother lived close by to the UW campus at 4510 Brooklyn Avenue in the University District in 1926. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1926, p. 278.) He attended school and traveled in France in 1928. He resided in Seattle from 1930 until 1932.

In the midst of the Depression, in 1933, Becket relocated to Los Angeles, CA. Because of the entertainment industry, this city did not feel the financial collapse as drastically as other US cities.

During the 1930s, Becket lived in various locations in the Los Angeles area. In 1936, he and his new bride, Fay, lived at 1028 Morningside Drive in Redondo Beach, CA. (See Manhattan Beach, California, City Directory, 1936, p. 333.)

Becket resided in West Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1938, (p. 219)

By 1948, Becket and his wife lived at 515 North Bundy Drive in Los Angeles.

Welton and Fay Becket lived at 248 South Mapleton Drive in Los Angeles from at least 1954 until 1961. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation California State Library; Sacramento, California; Great Register of Voters, 1900-1968, accessed 09/19/2018 and Westwood-Brentwood-Bel-Air (1956-57) City Directory, p. 19.)

Becket died in Los Angeles County, CA, at the age of 66; he was buried in the Evergreen-Washelli Memorial Park, Seattle, WA.

Parents

His father, Hugh Francis Becket (born 01/04/1849 in Peterborough, ON, Canada-d. 07/17/1920 in Seattle, WA), worked as a gold miner, according to the 1910 US Census. According to some reports, Hugh also worked as a building contractor at times in his life. In 1910, his mother, Evangeline Flora McDonald (born c. 03/1867 in Belfast, PEI, Canada-d. 11/17/1945 in Seattle, WA) managed the household that consisted of five children and two lodgers.

Welton had four brothers--Evro M. Becket (born c. 1886-d. 02/03/1960 in Seattle, WA), Lloyd Eldred Becket (born 01/07/1889 in Dickinson, ND-d. 02/10/1960 in Seattle, WA), Eugene Fife Becket (born 08/16/1891 in Centralia, WA), and Hugh Melvin Becket (born c. 1900 in WA-d. 11/08/1946 in Seattle, WA)--and a sister, Janet A. Becket Davies (born 11/11/1894 in ND-d. 04/28/1953 in CA).

Janet married Fred C. Davies (1889-1980) on 06/20/1917 in Seattle, WA. In 1918, Eugene was a mail carrier in Valdez Strait, AK. In 1920, Lloyd worked as the manager of garage.

Spouse

He married Evelyn Francis "Fay" Kastner (born 04/28/1910 in London, England-d. 11/1987 in Beverly Hills, CA) on 07/29/1935 in Los Angeles, CA.

Her father was Alfred Kastner (born c. 1870), her mother, Salome Kastner (born c. 1872). Both were from Hungary, left Europe in 1916. A relative of Alfred's, William Kastner, lived at 105 Dartmouth Road in the London suburb of Brondesbury in 1916. Fay also had a sister, Lydia H. Kastner (born c. 1899) (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1916; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: T715, 1897-1957; Microfilm Roll: Roll 2499; Line: 7; Page Number: 2, accessed 09/19/2018.) Fay was naturalized in 1922, through her parents. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at San Pedro/Wilmington/Los Angeles, California; NAI Number: 4486355; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787-2004; Record Group Number: 85, accessed 09/19/2018.)

Fay Becket divorced Welton in 12/1966 after 31 years of marriage.

Children

He and his wife had two sons: Bruce and Welton D. Becket, Jr.

Biographical Notes

In 1942, at the age of 39, Becket stood 5-feet, 11-inches tall, and weighed 150 pounds. He had brown eyes and brown hair, according to the his World War II draft registration card.

According to State of CA voter registration records, Becket and his wife were both registered Republicans in 1948 and 1954. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation California State Library; Sacramento, California; Great Register of Voters, 1900-1968, accessed 09/19/2018.)

Becket flew to London, England, in 1961 aboard Pan American Airways. He returned to the US on 08/08/1961. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Passenger & Crew Manifests of Airplanes Arriving at Los Angeles, California; NAI Number: 2788930; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787-2009; Record Group Number: 85, accessed 09/19/2018.)

SSN: 560148924.



Associated Locations

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
Armstrong, M. Burton, House, Los Angeles, CALos AngelesCA
Beaumont, William, Hospital, El Paso, TXEl PasoTX
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Beverly Center, Los Angeles, CA1982Los AngelesCA
Beverly-Wilshire Apartment Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA1926-1928Beverly HillsCA
Boos Brothers' Cafeteria, 648 South Broadway, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA1916Los AngelesCA
Buffums' Department Store, Santa Ana, CA1950Santa AnaCA
Bullock's Department Store #2, Palm Springs, CA 1946-1947Palm SpringsCA
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, CA1963Los AngelesCA
Cinerama Dome Theatre, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA1962-1963Los AngelesCA
City of Glendale, Public Library, Central Library, Downtown, Glendale, CA1973GlendaleCA
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, Downtown, 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
County of Los Angeles, Music Center, Chandler, Dorothy, Pavilion, Bunker Hill, Los Angeles, CA1964-1967Los AngelesCA
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, WABellevueWA
Fluor Corporation, Headquarters Building, Irvine, CA1977-1981IrvineCA
General Petroleum Company, Office Building, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA1947-1949Los AngelesCA
Great Wall Sheraton Hotel, Beijing, People's Republic of ChinaBeijing
Hampshire Plaza, Manchester, NHManchesterNH
Hartford National Bank and Trust Company, Headquarters Building, Downtown, Hartford, CT1964-1987HartfordCT
Hillsdale Shopping Center, San Mateo, CA1954
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 Philippines 1939-1940Manila
Jones Dog and Cat Hospital, West Hollywood, CA1938West HollywoodCA
Kaiser Industries, Kaiser Center I, Downtown, Oakland, CA1959-1960OaklandCA
KTVU Channel 2 Television Studio, Oakland, CAOaklandCA
Lakewood Shopping Center, Bullock's Department Store, Lakewood, CA1964-1965LakewoodCA
Lever Brothers Soap Company, Office Building, City of Commerce, CA1951City of CommerceCA
Los Angeles Home Show House for Kaiser Homes, Incorporated1949
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
Meany, Edmond, Hotel, Garage Project, University District, Seattle, WA1931SeattleWA
Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company, Office Building, San Francisco, CA1969San FranciscoCA
Nile Hilton, Cairo, Egypt1959Cairo
North American Rockwell Corporation, Office Building, El Segundo, CAEl SegundoCA
Northrop Corporation, Office Building #1, Century City, Los Angeles, CA1982-1983Los AngelesCA
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Pacific Greyhound Lines Corporation, Bus Terminal, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA1966-1967Los AngelesCA
Pan-Pacific Auditorium, Fairfax District, Los Angeles, CA 1934-1935Los 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 and Arch Building, Westchester, Los Angeles, CA1957-1961Los AngelesCA
Prudential Insurance Company of America, Prudential Square Building, Los Angeles, CA1948Los AngelesCA
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Pueblo del Rio Public Housing, Vernon, CA1940-1941VernonCA
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San Fernando Valley Country Club, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, CALos AngelesCA
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, San Francisco International Airport Master Plan, 1959, San Francisco, CA1959San FranciscoCA
Seahawks Stadium, Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA1998-2002SeattleWA
Security Pacific National Bank (SPNB), Tower and Branch, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA1967Los AngelesCA
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Sheraton Hotel, Tehran, IranTehran
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Tradewell Supermarket, Burien, WA1956BurienWA
United States Government, Department of Justice, Edward R. Roybal Center, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA1990-1992Los AngelesCA
United States Government, Department of State, Embassy, Warsaw, Poland1963Warsaw
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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), Schoenberg Music Building, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA1954-1955Los AngelesCA
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Sproul, Robert and Ida, 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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WED Enterprises, Disneyland, Carousel Theatre, Anaheim, CA1967AnaheimCA
West Side Drive-in Market, Seattle, WA1931SeattleWA
Whitehall Hotel, Houston, TX1963HoustonTX
White Plains Mall, White Plains, NYWhite PlainsNY
Worcester Center, Worcester, MAWorcesterMA
Wurdeman, Arthur, House, Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA1941Los AngelesCA
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