The Welton Becket architectural
drawings and photographs document the career of this architect whose iconic designs defined
the built environment of Los Angeles in the mid-twentieth century. Comprised of over 10,000
drawings and over 1500 photographs, the collection includes a selection of projects from
Becket's earliest independent work in 1930, through his involvement in the firms of Plummer,
Wurdeman and Becket; Wurdeman and Becket; and Welton Becket and Associates, until his death
in 1969. The archive also contributes to the discussion of structural and theoretical
changes in architectural practice in the mid-twentieth century.
Welton Becket (1902-1969) was an acclaimed architect whose iconic designs defined the built
environment of Los Angeles in the mid-twentieth century. Through his work with a series of
firms - Plummer, Wurdeman and Becket; Wurdeman and Becket; and Welton Becket and Associates
- Becket was responsible for many of the best known landmarks in the city: the Pan-Pacific
Auditorium, the Capitol Records Building, the Beverly Hilton, the Cinerama Dome, and the
Music Center. The was also the master planner for the University of California, Los Angeles
(UCLA) and Century City.
1308.5 Linear Feet
(35 boxes, 807 flatfile folders, 225 boxed rolls)
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Open for use by qualified researchers, with the exception of the photograph albums, which
are unavailable pending conservation.