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Becket (Welton) Architectural Drawings and Photographs
2010.M.83  
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Description
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.
Background
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.
Extent
1308.5 Linear Feet (35 boxes, 807 flatfile folders, 225 boxed rolls)
Restrictions
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Availability
Open for use by qualified researchers, with the exception of the photograph albums, which are unavailable pending conservation.