Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)

Architects

Becket, Welton

ID: 69
Full Name: Welton David Becket , Sr.
Occupation: Architect
Gender: M
Nationality: US
Birth Date: 1902-08-08
Death Date: 1969-01-16
Family: Spouse: Married.
Parents: His mother's maiden name was McDonald.
Children: Sons: Bruce and Welton D. Becket, Jr.
Relocation: Becket was born in WA, and died in Los Angeles County, CA, at the age of 66;
Biographical Information: Education: B.Arch., University of Washington, Seattle, 1923-1927; attended Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Fontainebleau, France, 1928;
Work 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;
Miscellaneous: 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.
Professional Awards: College: 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;
Countries: United States
Structures: 1st and Merchants National Bank, Richmond, VA - (17425)
1st Interstate Bank, World Center, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA - 1988-1990 (1259)
400 South Hope Street Office Building, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA - 1982 (9971)
500 Jefferson Avenue Office Building, Houston, TX - 1963 (2153)
Aetna Life and Casualty Company, Office Building, San Francisco, CA - 1969 (1006)
Airways Hotel, Westchester, Los Angeles, CA - 1963 (5976)
Anaconda Wire and Cable Company, Office and Recreation Building, Orange, CA - 1954 (11769)
Armstrong, M. Burton, House, Los Angeles, CA - (671)
Beaumont, William, Hospital, El Paso, TX - (17424)
Beverly Center, Los Angeles, CA - 1982 (2529)
Buffums Department Store, Santa Ana, CA - (2355)
Bullock's Department Store, Pasadena, CA - 1947 (672)
Bullock's Westwood Department Store #2, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA - 1950 (17359)
Centinela Valley Community Hospital, Inglewood, CA - 1961 (2211)
Century City Master Plan, Century City, Los Angeles, CA - (18878)
Cinerama Dome Theatre, Hollywood, Los Angeles - 1962-1963 (1640)
City of Los Angeles, Department of Water and Power (LADWP), Central Distribution Center, Los Angeles, CA - 1988-1989 (208)
City of Los Angeles, Police Department (LAPD), Police Administration Building (PAB), Los Angeles, CA - 1952-1955 (1121)
City of New York, Department of Education, New Queens High School, Queens, New York, NY - (17426)
City of Santa Monica, Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA - 1958 (5251)
City of West Hollywood, City Hall, West Hollywood, CA - (7026)
Colorado Place, Santa Monica, CA - 1981-1984 (8568)
County of Los Angeles, Music Center, Ahmanson Theatre, Bunker Hill, Los Angeles, CA - 1966-1967 (17346)
County of Los Angeles, Music Center, Chandler, Dorothy, Pavilion, Bunker Hill, Los Angeles, CA - 1964-1967 (1985)
County of Los Angeles, Music Center, Taper, Mark, Forum, Bunker Hill, Los Angeles, CA - 1966-1967 (12720)
Cullen Center, Master Plan, Houston, TX - 1962 (2155)
Decker Square Office Buildings and Department Store, Bala Cynwyd, PA - 1968 (4271)
Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States, Office Building, Los Angeles, CA - 1967-1969 (1403)
Fluor Corporation, Headquarters Building, Irvine, CA - 1977-1981 (5943)
General Petroleum Building, Los Angeles, CA - 1947 (568)
Great Wall Sheraton Hotel, Beijing, People's Republic of China - (11697)
Hampshire Plaza, Manchester, NH - (17428)
Hillsdale Shopping Center, San Mateo, CA - 1954 (5558)
Hilton Hotels Corporation, Beverly-Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA - 1953-1955 (1908)
House of Tomorrow, Los Angeles, CA - 1946 (670)
Humble Oil Building, Downtown, Houston, TX - 1963 (2152)
Hyatt Corporation, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Dallas, TX - (11698)
Innes Company Shoe Store, Los Angeles, CA - (698)
Jai Alai Auditorium, Manila, The Philippines - 1940 (661)
Kaiser Industries, Kaiser Center I, Oakland, CA - 1960 (16631)
KTVU Channel 2 Television Studio, Oakland, CA - (17239)
Lakewood Shopping Center, Bullock's Department Store, Lakewood, CA - 1964-1965 (11011)
Lever Brothers Soap Company, Office Building, City of Commerce, CA - 1951 (8055)
Los Angeles Home Show House for Kaiser Homes, Incorporated - (660)
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA - 1958-1959 (4462)
Magnin, I., Department Store #2, Seattle, WA - 1953-1954 (13289)
Marina del Rey Hotel, Marina del Rey, Los Angeles, CA - 1963 (5977)
North American Rockwell Corporation, Office Building, El Segundo, CA - (17427)
Northrop Corporation, Office Building #1, Century City, Los Angeles, CA - 1982-1983 (408)
Northrop Corporation, Office Building #2, Century City, Los Angeles, CA - 1982-1983 (14554)
Pacific Greyhound Lines Corporation, Bus Terminal, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA - 1966-1967 (17345)
Pan-Pacific Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA - 1934 (666)
Park Plaza Shopping Mall, Oshkosh, WI - 1970 (3415)
Pierce National Life Building, Los Angeles, CA - 1968-1970 (2212)
Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Standard Oil Company of California, Gas Station, Westchester, Los Angeles, CA - 1961 (13408)
Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Theme Building, Westchester, Los Angeles, CA - 1957-1961 (52)
Prudential Insurance Company of America, Prudential Square Building, Los Angeles, CA - 1948 (673)
Public Beach Resort, Linda Isle, Newport Harbor, CA - (15360)
Pueblo del Rio Public Housing, Vernon, CA - 1940-1941 (3840)
Salvatori, Henry, House, Bel-Air, Los Angeles, CA - 1941 (662)
San Fernando Valley Country Club, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, CA - 1945 (665)
Seahawks Stadium, Seattle, WA - 1997-2001 (6622)
Security Pacific National Bank (SPNB), Tower and Branch, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA - 1967 (17343)
Shell Oil Company, Information Center Project, Houston, TX - (17429)
Sheraton Hotel, Tehran, Iran - (9943)
Sherman Oaks Fashion Square, Bullock's Fashion Square, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA - 1961-1962 (17342)
Standard Federal Savings and Loan Association, Los Angeles, CA - 1953 (5338)
Tilford's Restaurant, Los Angeles, CA - 1946 (7232)
Tishman Office Building, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA - 1971 (4016)
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Ackerman Student Union, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA - 1959-1960 (2518)
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Acosta Training Center, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA - 1965-1967 (4823)
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Campus Plans, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA - 1948-1968 (674)
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Humanities Building Project, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA - 1953 (11213)
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Sproul Hall, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA - 1959-1964 (14034)
Walt Disney World, Polynesian Village Hotel, Orlando, FL - (11699)
Webb's, Del, International Airport Center, McCulloch Center, Los Angeles, CA - 1962-1964 (5978)
Webb's, Del, International Airport Center, McCulloch Center, Security 1st National Bank, Branch, Los Angeles, CA - 1962 (5981)
Webb's, Del, International Airport Center, Westchester, Los Angeles, CA - (17422)
WED Enterprises, Disneyland, Carousel Theatre, Anaheim, CA - 1967 (17349)
Whitehall Hotel, Houston, TX - 1963 (2154)
White Plains Mall, White Plains, NY - (17423)
Worcester Center, Worcester, MA - None (3414)
Wurdeman, Arthur, House, Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA - (5172)
Wurdeman, Walter, House, Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA - (663)
Xerox Square, Downtown, Rochester, NY - 1966-1968 (7326)
Publications: "Los Angeles Police Department, Parker Center 5/1956", Architect and Engineer, 8-13, 05/1956.
"Becket, Welton D., establishes office in Seattle, WA", Architect and Engineer, 110, 06/1930.
"Los Angeles Police Department, Parker Center 5/1953", Architect & Engineer, 7-9, 5/1953.
"Armstrong, M. Burton House", Architectural Digest, 11: 3, 6-10,
"Etchwood Paneling Advertisement, Davidson Plywood and Lumber Company", Architectural Forum, 91: 5, 146, 11/1949.
"When the Designers Design for Themselves: Welton Becket", Architectural Forum, 105, 07/1962.
"New Airport Design, in the U.S. and Abroad", Architectural Forum, 117: 81, 07/1962.
"Three Shoe Stores: Open front store in Los Angeles", Architectural Forum, 91: 6, 92-93, 12/1949.
"Fritz Burns'500 new houses feature plank and beam construction and convertible two-car garages, sell for $8,250", Architectural Forum, 91: 5, 84-85?, 114, 116, 11/1949.
"Executone sound chosen by all 17 airlines at new Los Angeles International Airport", Architectural Forum, 14-15, 07/1962.
"Perspectives", Architectural Record, 122: 6, 9, 12/1957.
"High-Fashion Store with Split-Level Massing", Architectural Record, 137: 5, 194-197, 05/1965.
"10 examples of effective architect-engineer collaboration", Architectural Record, 162: 3, 61-124, Mid 08/1977.
"Sparkling showcase for Fluor Corporation", Architectural Record, 164: 1, 103-108, 07/1978.
"Water Sports Are Most Popular of All", Architectural Record, 115: 1, 165, 01/1954.
"Hotels, Bank, Offices Fringe L.A. Airport", Architectural Record, 133: 2, 32-4, 02/1963.
"Hotels, Bank, Offices Fringe L.A. Airport", Architectural Record, 133: 2, 32-4, 02/1963.
"Brace yourself for Skilling's next evolution", Architectural Record, 191: 3, 22, 03/2003.
"The Record Reports", Architectural Record, 122: 6, 260, 12/1957.
"Hotels, Bank, Offices Fringe L.A. Airport", Architectural Record, 133: 2, 32-4, 02/1963.
"Hotels, Bank, Offices Fringe L.A. Airport", Architectural Record, 133: 2, 32-4, 02/1963.
Sullivan, Ann C., "Recladding modern buildings", Architecture, 84: 11, 119-127, 11/1995.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, "Hillsdale Shopping Center", Architecture in San Francisco and Northern California, 135-136, 1985.
Woodbridge, Sally B., Woodbridge, John B., Architecture San Francisco: The Guide, 21, 1982.
"Los Angeles Police Department, Parker Center 7/1956", Arts and Architecture, 73: 12-13, 7/1956.
Better Homes and Gardens,
Morris, Edward Bateman, Century of AIA, 41, 1957.
Morris, Edward Bateman, Century of AIA, 38, 1957.
Koenig, Gloria, "Book Look Iconic LA: Stories of LA's Most Memorable Buildings", Echoes, 36, 88, 05/2001.
Fox, Stephen, Houston Architectural Guide, 27, 1990.
Fox, Stephen, Houston Architectural Guide, 28, 1990.
"Editor's Asides", Journal of the American Institiute of Architects, 8: 3, 142, 9/1947.
"The Editor's Asides", Journal of the American Institute of Architects, VIII: 3, 142, 09/1947.
"Southern California Chapter's Honor Awards", Journal of the American Institute of Architects, 7: 2, 74-79, 02/1947.
Saylor, Henry H., "Editor's Asides", Journal of the American Institute of Architects, 7: 4, 206, 04/1947.
"New Pittco T-Wall Thermal Framing System Advertisement", Journal of the American Institute of Architects, 46: 1, 71, 07/1966.
"Southern California Chapter's Honor Awards", Journal of the American Institute of Architects, 7: 2, 77, 02/1947.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 115, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 244-245, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 188, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 116, 117, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 144, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 46-47, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 262, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 248, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 29, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 193, 1994.
Cole, Benjamin Mark, "Pan Pacific will be restored to former glory", Los Angeles Herald Examiner, 15, 01/18/1985.
"Aetna Life and Casualty Building San Francisco", Los Angeles Times, Real Estate Section: 8/17/1969.
McGreevy, Patrick, Garvey, Megan, "Parker Center's Future at Issue", Los Angeles Times, B3, 11/27/2002.
"Equitable Life Tower Notice 1967", Los Angeles Times, 07/09/1967.
"Equitable Life Tower Notice 1968", Los Angeles Times, 8, 06/30/1968.
Vincent, Roger, "Computer Entrepreneur to Acquire Beverly Hilton", Los Angeles Times, C1, C11, 12/5/2003.
"Tishman Building, Westwood, Los Angeles", Los Angeles Times, sect K: 1, 8/9/1970.
"Notice of plans for Equitable Life Insurance Building, Los Angeles, 1966", Los Angeles Times, 04/21/1966.
"First Phase Completed at $50 Million Center", Los Angeles Times, I34, 04/12/1964.
"$50 Million Airport Center Planned", Los Angeles Times, C1, 12/31/1961.
Kaplan, Sam Hall, "Urban Developers Study the Ins and Outs", Los Angeles Times, D1, 10/10/1987.
Haines, Doug, "Fighting to preserve the Cinerama Dome", Los Angeles Times, B1, B3, 06/08/1998.
Mid-Century Architecture in America, 41, 1961.
Redstone, Louis G., New Downtowns, 86-88, 1976.
Redstone, Louis G., New Downtowns, 89-91, 1976.
Fowler, Glenn, "Imaginative Use of Steel Wins Building Design Awards", New York Times, 269, 06/03/1962.
"Fabulous is word for the Beverly-Hilton", Pacific Architect and Builder, 61: 6, 9, 06/1955.
"Luxurious setting for quality apparel", Pacific Architect and Builder, 61: 9, 14, 1955-09.
"P/A Annual Design Survey for 1954 and first Design Awards Program Education", Progressive Architecture, XXXV: 1, 92, 01/1954.
"Los Angeles Police Department, Parker Center 3/1956", Progressive Architecture, 37: 108-115, 3/1956.
Honnold, Douglas, Southern California Architecture 1769-1956, 65, 1956.
Honnold, Douglas, Southern California Architecture 1769-1956, 64, 1956.
"Salvatori, Henry House Notice", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 24, col. 3, 07/25/1941.
Southwest Builder and Contractor, 56, 01/28/1949.
"Pueblo del Rio Housing Project plans", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 96, col 2, 07/05/1940.
"Wurdeman, Arthur, House notice", Southwest Builder & Contractor, 28, col 1, 10/24/1941.
"Wurdeman, Walter, House notice", Southwest Builder & Contractor, 28, col 1, 10/24/1941.
Hunt, William Dudley, Total Design: Architecture of Welton Becket and Associates, 1972.
Hunt, William Dudley, Total Design: Architecture of Welton Becket and Associates, 140, 1972.
Hunt, William Dudley, Total Design: Architecture of Welton Becket and Associates, 139, 1972.
Hunt, William Dudley, Total Design: Architecture of Welton Becket and Associates, 137, 1972.
Gunn, Clare S., Vacationscape Designing Tourist Regions, 162, 1988.
Gunn, Clare S., Vacationscape Designing Tourist Regions, 157, 1988.
Topham, Sean, Where's My Space Age? The Rise and Fall of Futuristic Design, 59, 116, 2003.