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In 1959, the dedication for the new California Teachers Association State Headquarters took place. The Building located a few minutes from the San Francisco International Airport, was a 44,480-square foot office designed by… Welton Becket and Associates, Architects and Engineers. Architect B. Clyde Cohen worked for the Welton Becket & Associates on this project. Welton Becket was responsible for many of the most well-known landmarks around Los Angeles such as the Capital Records building, the Beverly Hilton, Pan-Pacific Auditorium, and the Cinerama Theatre to name a few. It’s unknown if this building still exists. We would love to hear any insight or history.
More on Becket: In 1950 Welton Becket after (15 years of being in partnerships), started a new firm solely owned by him and it would be an example of the newly emerging corporate architectural firm. Welton Becket at this point no longer personally designed projects; rather, he served as the president of the firm, a role he would occupy until shortly before his death in January 1969. By that time Welton Becket and Associates was one of the largest firms in the country with around 500 employees in multiple branch offices; yet Becket retained a remarkable measure of control over such a large organization.
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