Albert R. Walker

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Albert R. Walker (1881-1958) was an American architect.


Early life[edit]

Albert Raymond Walker was born on May 9, 1881, in Sonoma, California.[1][2] He graduated from Brown University.[2]


He designed the First Methodist Episcopal Church and the First National Bank of Fullerton in Fullerton, California, the Grible Store Building in Montrose, California, the Edward Strasburg House in Pasadena, California, the Frank C. Hill House in Echo Park, Los Angeles, the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, and the City Hall and Police Station in Upland, California.[1]

Together with Percy A. Eisen (1885-1946), he designed the Alameda Theater, the Hotel Normandie, the Ambassador Hotel, the Beverly Wilshire Hotel at the bottom of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California, the Fine Arts Building, the Four Star Theater, the Humphreys Avenue School, the Walter G. McCarty Office Building and Hotel Project, the Mid-Wilshire Office Building, the National Bank of Commerce, the James Oviatt Building, the Plaza Hotel, the South Basin Oil Company Store and Office Building, the Sunkist Building, the Taft Building, the Texaco Office Building, the Title Insurance and Trust Company Building, the United Artists Theatre, the Chamber of Mines and Oil Building, the Ardmore Apartments, the Wilshire Royale Apartments, and the Bay City Guaranty Building and Loan Association in Santa Monica, California.[1][2][3][4]

Outside Los Angeles, they also designed the Empire Theater in Long Beach, California, the Public Library in Torrance, California, the United Artists Pasadena Theatre in Pasadena, California, the United Artists Theater in El Centro, California, the Breakers Hotel in Long Beach, California, El Mirador Hotel in Palm Springs, California, and the El Cortez Hotel in San Diego, California.[1][2] They also built the Valley National Bank Building, the oldest skyscraper in Tucson, Arizona, in 1929.[1][2]

Together with Gus Kalionzes and Charles A. Klingerman, he designed the Saint Sophia Cathedral, Los Angeles in 1948.[5]


He died on September 17, 1958, in Los Angeles.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Pacific Coast Architecture Database
  2. ^ a b c d e Online Archive of California
  3. ^ Robert Winter, The Architecture of Entertainment: La in the Twenties, Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith, 2006, p. 121 [1]
  4. ^ Linda McCann, Dace Taube, Claude Zachary, Curtis C. Roseman, Historic Hotels of Los Angeles and Hollywood, Arcadia Publishing, 2008, p. 91 [2]
  5. ^ Robert Winter (ed.), An Architectural Guidebook to Los Ángeles, Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith, 2003, p. 220 [3]