Peters, William Wesley

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Peters, William Wesley Gender: M
born on 12 June 1912 at 03:20 (= 03:20 AM )
Place Terre Haute, Indiana, 39n28, 87w25
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 21°01' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 12°14 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 03°11'

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William Wesley Peters (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, whose structure he designed)
photo: Jean-Christophe BENOIST, license cc-by-3.0


American architect and structural engineer, apprentice to and protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Peters was educated at Evansville College (now the University of Evansville) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He then became Wright's first apprentice, joining the Taliesin Fellowship in 1932, and remained extremely loyal to the Wright organization throughout his entire career.

Among his accomplishments were assisting Wright in the construction of Fallingwater and the Johnson Wax administration building in Racine. Peters was responsible for the structural designs of the Guggenheim Museum and for the laboratory tower at Johnson Wax, among many other projects. Peters and Taliesin Associates are credited with the design for the Kaden Tower in Louisville, Kentucky, the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts in San Jose, California and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, Florida.

Peters also designed the Pearl Palace in Iran on request from Princess Shams Pahlavi.

In 1935 he married Wright's adopted daughter, Svetlana, with whom he had two children. Svetlana and their son Daniel died in an automobile accident in 1946, after which Peters raised their other son, Brandoch, on his own. Peters later briefly married Svetlana Alliluyeva in 1970, the youngest child and only daughter of Joseph Stalin, in a union arranged by his former mother-in-law, Olgivanna Lloyd Wright. The couple had a daughter in 1971, Olga (now Chrese Evans).

In 1990, he gave an interview to Wolfgang von Freeden from Luebeck, Germany about his life and work, including his part in realising Tehran's "Pearl Palace" with the help of glass craftsmen from Murano, Italy.

Peters served as Chairman of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation from 1985 to 1991. He died in Madison, Wisconsin on 17 July 1991, aged 79.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • has other family relationship with Stalin, Joseph (born 6 December 1878 Jul.Cal. (18 Dec 1878 greg.)). Notes: Father-in-law/ son-in-law


  • Relationship : Marriage 1935 (Svetlana Wright)
  • Death of Mate 1946 (His wife Svetlana)
  • Death of Child 1946 (His son Daniel)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1970 (Svetlana Alliluyeva)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate from Indiana archives.


  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Relationship : Widowed (First wife died)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three)
  • Vocation : Building Trades : Architect/ Planner
  • Vocation : Business : Top executive (Chairman of Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, 1985-1991)
  • Vocation : Engineer : Civil
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession (International designer)