Fred Guyton Jr. Dies, Co-Founded One of St. Louis’ Largest Architecture Firms

By on October 1, 2018

From St. Louis Business Journal:  Fred Guyton Jr., co-founder of the architecture firm Peckham Guyton Albers & Viets Inc. ( PGAV), died Friday at age 80 following a seven-month battle with cancer.

After graduating form the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in architecture, the Memphis native spent a year as one of the first Peace Corps volunteers in Bogota, Columbia, under a special fellowship from the Center of Inter American Housing and Planning. He then served with the U.S. Army, including three years as an officer with a Combat Engineer Battalion as a helicopter pilot.

Guyton then moved to St. Louis and began his career as an architect. On Oct. 1, 1967, he and Bill Peckham began a planning and architectural practice now known as PGAV. Guyton became chairman of PGAV in 1975 and held that post until January 2010. He continued to work at the firm until his death.

Fred Guyton Jr. is survived by his wife Beverly (nee Estes); his children Annie Seal (Robert), Elisa Roth (William), Josephine Kendrick (Russ), Frank Guyton (Nikki), Daniel Guyton, Kelly Guyton and David Guyton; and 10 grandchildren.

PGAV now is comprised of three divisions: PGAV Architects, PGAV Planners and PGAV Destinations. During Guyton’s 35 years as PGAV’s chairman, he led the development of projects including Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia, and Tampa, Florida; Anheuser-Bush’s world headquarters in St. Louis; several projects at SeaWorld Adventure Parks and the Saint Louis Zoo; and renovation of Monsanto’s world headquarters in St. Louis.

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