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George G. Rester Edit Profile

Architect , designer , painter , sculptor , showman

George G. Rester, American architect, designer, showman, painter, sculptor. Registered architect, Louisiana, California, Florida, Colorado, New York, Arizona, Texas, New Jersey, Michigan, Minnesota, Washington, New Mexico; certified National Council Architectural Registration Boards.

Background

Rester, George G. was born on October 5, 1923 in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, United States. Son of Kelly Caldwell Rester and Myra Vira (Adams) Smith.

Education

Student, United States Army Engineering School, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, 1943. Student, Soulé College, 1948. Student, Delgado Technology Institute, 1950.

Student, Art Center College Design, 1962.

Career

Architect, designer, draftsman various firms, New Orleans, 1953-1960. Private practice architecture Culver City, California, 1960-1961. Project architect Welton Beckett Architect, Beverly Hills, 1961-1964.

Director architectural design and production (chief architect) Walt Disney Imagineers, Glendale, 1965-1971, 76-87. Senior principal engineer Ralph M. Parsons Engineering Company, Pasadena, 1973-1976. Principal George G. Rester Architect, American Institute of Architects, since 1987.

Achievements

  • Registered architect, Louisiana, California, Florida, Colorado, New York, Arizona, Texas, New Jersey, Michigan, Minnesota, Washington, New Mexico. Certified National Council Architectural Registration Boards.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Principal works as designer/planner with Walt Disney Imagineers design team include New Orleans Square, Space Mountain at Disneyland, California, 1965. As master planner, concepts designer, Walt Disney World, Florida, 1967 (International accolades 1987), Resort Community (international accolades 1987), E.P.C.O.T. at World Disney World, Florida, 1982, New Fantasyland at Disneyland, California, 1983 (international accolades). Concepts designer Theme Park, Tokyo Disneyland, 1983.

Membership

Served with combat engineers, United States Army, 1943-1945, European Theatre of Operations, Africa, Middle East. Member American Institute of Architects, International Platform Association, National Trust for History Preservation, New Orleans Amateur Artists Society (founding president 1940-1942).

Connections

Married Virginia Wilhelmena, June 25, 1955. Children: Gina Louise, Taira Elizabeth, Licia Therese.

father:
Kelly Caldwell Rester Smith

mother:
Myra Vira (Adams) Smith

spouse:
Virginia Wilhelmena

child:
Gina Louise Rester

child:
Taira Elizabeth Rester

child:
Licia Therese Rester