Basic Biographical Details

Name: Benjamin Marcus Priteca
Designation: Architect
Born: 23 December 1881
Died: 1 October 1971
Bio Notes: Benjamin Marcus Priteca (generally known as B Marcus Priteca) was born in Glasgow on 23 December 1881 but was educated in Edinburgh at George Watson's College until 1904. He was articled to Robert Macfarlane Cameron and attended Edinburgh University, graduating in 1907. He subsequently emigrated to the USA, settling in Seattle in July 1909 and commencing practice on his own account. He became a prominent theatre and fantasy cinema architect, designing over 150 such buildings for four different companies throughout the United States and Canada, including a number for theatre owner Alexander Pantages. He moved to Los Angeles in 1922 but returned to Seattle in 1929, and continued to design significant buildings well into the 1960s. He died on 1 October 1971.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1904After 1907 
Item 2 of 4Seattle, Washington, United States of AmericaBusinessJuly 19091922 
Item 3 of 4Los Angeles, California, United States of AmericaBusiness19221929 
Item 4 of 4Seattle, Washington, United States of AmericaBusiness1929  

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1Robert Macfarlane Cameronc. 1904Before 1909Apprentice 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3George Colvill NairneAfter 1919Before 1921Assistant 
Item 2 of 3Charles Ernest Hay19231929Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Charles Ernest Hay19291932Chief Assistant 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Naylor, David1981American Picture Palaces: The Architecture of Fantasy New York, Cincinnati, Toronto, London & Melbourne: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company 
Item 2 of 2Powell, John Edward2001B Marcus Priteca website of A Guide to Historic Architecture in Fresno, California