William George Brust, Jr. was born in Columbus, Ohio on August 28, 1885. He studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1907. For reasons unknown, he moved to Seattle around 1910 and began working in the office of E.F. Champney (1912-1915) serving as head draftsman. Brust then went to work for architect John Graham, Sr.
In 1917, Brust joined the firm James Stephens & Son, and eventually became a partner in 1920. At that time, the name of the firm was changed to Stephens, Stephens & Brust. With valuable experience at hand, in 1926 Brust opened his own independent firm. While Brustís early designs reflect his formal Beaux Arts training, like many architects of his day, he gradually shifted to a more modern aesthetic after World War II.
Brust specialized in ecclesiastical designs. His known projects in Seattle include Our Redeemer Lutheran Church (1947); Hope Lutheran Church (1948); Calvary Temple (1948); and Immanuel Lutheran Church (1956) in Puyallup.
Non-religious projects include the Industrial Arts Building for Seattle Pacific College (1952); the Womenís and Menís Dormitory at Seattle Pacific College (1958); the curtain wall O.E. Turnquist Construction Co. Office (1959); and a theater in Ketchikan, Alaska (1959).
Brust retired in 1961 and died in Seattle on January 26, 1969.