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Wurdeman, Walter Charles

Male 1903 - 1949  (46 years)

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  • Name Wurdeman, Walter Charles 
    Born 08 Feb 1903  Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation los angeles, ca Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Agency: Wurdeman and Becket, Architects 
    Died 17 Sep 1949  Los Angeles County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I14575  Wuerdemann Family
    Last Modified 25 Oct 2009 

    Father Wuerdemann 
    Mother Reitz 
    Family ID F5101  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Pacific Coast Architecture Database

      Wurdeman, Walter ID: 415
      Full Name: Walter Charles Wurdeman
      Nationality: US
      Birth Date: 08/02/1903
      Death Date: 09/17/1949
      Family: Walter C. Wurdeman was born in Wisconsin and died in Los Angeles County, CA, at the age of 46; his mother’s maiden name was Reitz; his father’s name was spelled Wuerdemann;
      Biographical Information:
      Work History: work: Principal, Walter C. Wurdeman, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1931-1932;
      Countries: United States
      Structures: Armstrong, M. Burton House – c. 1947 (671)
      Buffums Department Store, Santa Ana, CA – None (2355)
      Bullock’s Department Store, Pasadena, CA – 1947 (672)
      General Petroleum Building, Los Angeles – 1947 (568)
      House of Tomorrow – 1946 (670)
      Innes Company Shoe Store – c. 1946 (698)
      Jai Alai Auditorium – 1940 (661)
      Los Angeles Home Show House for Kaiser Homes, Incorporated – (660)
      Pan-Pacific Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA – (666)
      Prudential Square Building, Los Angeles – 1948 (673)
      Pueblo del Rio Public Housing, Vernon, CA – 1940-1941 (3840)
      Salvatori, Henry House – 1941 (662)
      San Fernando Valley Country Club, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, CA – 1945 (665)
      Tilford’s Restaurant, Los Angeles – 1946 (7232)
      University of California, Los Angeles Campus – 1948-1968 (674)
      Wurdeman, Arthur, House, Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA – (5172)
      Wurdeman, Walter, House, Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA – (663)
      Partners: Becket, Welton D. and Associates (29)
      Bodmer, Wurdeman and Becket, Architects (3709)
      Plummer, Wurdeman, and Becket, Architects (163)
      Southeast Housing Architects, Associated (3812)
      Wurdeman and Becket, Architects (162)
      Wurdeman, Walter C., Architect (1914)
      Publications: “Armstrong, M. Burton House”, Architectural Digest, 11: 3, 6-10,
      “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.
      “Etchwood Paneling Advertisement, Davidson Plywood and Lumber Company”, Architectural Forum, 91: 5, 146, 11/1949.
      “Three Shoe Stores: Open front store in Los Angeles”, Architectural Forum, 91: 6, 92-93, 12/1949.
      Better Homes and Gardens,
      “Southern California Chapter’s Honor Awards”, Journal of the American Institute of Architects, 7: 2, 74-79, 02/1947.
      “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, 188, 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.
      “Salvatori, Henry House Notice”, Southwest Builder & Contractor, 24, col. 3, 7/25/1921.
      Southwest Builder & Contractor, 56, 1/28/1949.
      “Pueblo del Rio Housing Project plans”, Southwest Builder & Contractor, 96, col 2, 7/5/1940.
      “Wurdeman, Walter, House notice”, Southwest Builder & Contractor, 28, col 1, 10/24/1941.
      “Wurdeman, Arthur, House notice”, Southwest Builder & Contractor, 28, col 1, 10/24/1941.
      Websites: General Petroleum Building, Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, 1951 (1696)

      Finding Aid for the Elliot Mittler Collection of Welton Becket and Associates Photograph Archives, 1940-1979

      Welton Davis Becket was born in Seattle, Washington, on August 8, 1902; BA, Architecture, University of Washington, (1927), with one year of graduate study at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Fontainebleau, France, (1928); partnered with Walter previous hit Wurdeman next hit and Charles Plummer under the name Becket, previous hit Wurdeman next hit , and Plummer in 1933; following Plummer’s death in 1939 and previous hit Wurdeman’s next hit death in 1949, Becket continued the firm as Welton Becket and Associates, serving as President (1949-68) and Chairman of the Board (1968) until his death in 1969; served as Master Planner and Supervising Architect, UCLA, 1949-69; Becket’s philosophy of total design, embracing all requirements demanded of architectural design, became integral to the firm; the firm’s designs are not identified with a particular style, but are individual to each client; the firm was one of the largest firms in Los Angeles with building credits throughout the world, including: Pan Pacific Auditorium (with previous hit Wurdeman , 1934), Beverly Hilton Hotel (1955), Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles Music Center (1964), Gulf Life Tower, Florida (1967), Xerox Square, New York (1968), several Bullock’s Department Stores in California (1951-77), and various UCLA campus structures (1958-70); after Becket’s death, the firm continued under the same name, directed by his nephew, MacDonald Becket; around 1985, the firm was acquired by Ellerbe Incorporated to become Ellerbe Becket.

      Scope and Content
      Collection consists of photographs related to the work of the Welton Becket & Associates architectural firm. Most of the photographs represent projects in and around the Los Angeles area. Includes examples of both residential and commercial buildings with interior and exterior views. Architectural photographers whose works are represented in this collection are: Glen Allison, Orlando R. Cabanban, Fred S. Carr, Louis Checkman, Robert C. Cleveland, Gerbert Bruce Cross, Fred Daly, Philip Fein, Eddie Hoff, Richard K. Koch, Balthazar Korab, Nathaniel Lieberman, Joseph W. Moliter, Rondal Partridge, Marvin Rand, Gerald Ratto, Otto Rothschild, Ben Schnall, Gordon H. Schneck, Julius Shulman, Douglas Simmonds, Delmar Watson, Todd A. Watts, and Dick Wittington.

      Interview with Paul Thiry
      Conducted by Meredith Clausen
      At the Artist’s home
      September 15 & 16, 1983

      “MEREDITH CLAUSEN: Who were your professors at the time?

      PAUL THIRY: Carl Gould of course was the head, and he was also architect for the campus, and of course he had good training. He was a Beaux Arts man from Paris, and he’d gone to Harvard and no one could question his qualifications. And I will say that he was modern in the sense that he fostered the idea of prefabrication, and actually he’d built a house for himself on Bainbridge Island that was an assembly of doors; I might say that he bought the doors and then built the house on top of the doors. (laughter) And then too he made ventures into modern, it was kind of modernistic, somewhat of basis for change in architecture. But this didn’t get into our training in school.

      Finally in 1927, there were three others and myself who [went to] Fontainebleau. The previous year, Walter Wurdeman, who later became a partner with Welton Becket– who also went to Fontainebleau with me; he preceded us in school and he came back with great reports on how he enjoyed it and how much he learned. And it’s true, we learned a great deal. At Fontainebleau we had illustrious professors and…”

      MEREDITH CLAUSEN: Now was Paris and the Atelier Gromort in between Fontainebleau and Italy?

      PAUL THIRY: That was right after Fontainebleau, you see, and I stayed in France, oh, it was two or three weeks. Becket and Wurdeman had gone ahead, and I met them in Rome.

      The General Petroleum Building, also known as the Mobil Oil Building and the Pegasus Apartments, is a highrise building in Downtown Los Angeles that was built in 1949. It was designed by Wurdeman and Becket and P.J. Walker in the Moderne style. The building was later converted into apartments operated under the name Pegasus. In 2004, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places based on architectural criteria.