Abrams, Harold
Ain, Gregory
Alexander, Robert E.
Anderson, Guy
Antelline, Jon P.
Applebaum, Norm
Batter-Kay Associates
Beadle, Alfred
Beckett, Welton
Benedict, Hiram Hudson
Bernard, James
Bird, Fujimoto & Fish
Bonini, Vincent
Brownell, J. Herbert
Buff, Straub and Hensman
Campbell, Donald
Cody, William F.
Crane, Loch
Dammann, Bruce
Davis, Ronald K.
Decker, Arthur
Deems, Ward
Delawie, Homer
Des Lauriers, Robert
Drake, Gordon
Driskel, Jean Roth
Eckel, George
Eggers, Henry
Ellwood, Craig
Ferris, Robert
Fickett, Edward
Forester, Russell
Fowble, Robert
French, Stanley J.
Frey, Albert
Gill, Irving
Goldberg, Bertrand
Goldman, Donald
Gordon, Kenneth & Robert
Grossman, Greta
Hagadone, Walter
Harris, Harwell Hamilton
Henderson, John
Hester, Henry
Hope, Frank
Hufbauer, Clyde
Hubbell, James
Jackson-Scott
Johnson, Philip
Jones, A. Quincy
Jones, Robert E.
Jung, Raymond
Kahn, Louis
Kellogg, Dick
Kellogg, Kendrick Bangs
Kesling, William
Killingsworth, Brady & Smith
Kowalski, Joseph
Krisel, William
Ladd, Thornton
Lareau, Richard
Lautner, John
Leitch, Richard
Lewis, Bill
Liebhardt, Frederick
Livingstone, Fred
Loring, Arthur
Lotery, Rex
Lumpkins, William
Lykos, George
Macy, Al
Malone, Ed
Marr, Clinton
Matthews, Roger
May, Cliff
McKim, Paul
Mitchell, Delmar
Mock, John
Mortenson, John
Mosher & Drew
Naegle, Dale
Neptune & Thomas
Neutra, Richard
Nomland & Nomland
Norris, Fred
Paderewski, CJ
Patrick, William
Paul & Allard
Paulson, Ted
Periera & Luckman
Platt, Robert
Ray, Eugene
Reed, John
Richards, Sim Bruce
Risley and Gould
Rosser, William
Ruocco, Lloyd

Salerno, Daniel
Schindler, Rudolph
Schoell & Geritz
Sigurdson, John
Simpson and Gerber
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
Slatton, Bill
Soriano, Raphael
Spencer & Lee
Stimmel, William
Stone, Edward Durrell
Therkelsen, Lloyde
Tucker, Sadler & Bennett
Turner, Herb
Veitzer, Leonard
Vickery, Dean
Weir Brothers
Weston, Eugene III
Wheeler, Richard
Wright, Frank Lloyd
Wright, John Lloyd
Wright, Lloyd
Wulff and Fifield
Young, Richard

Hiram Hudson Benedict (1901-1984)

Hiram Hudson Benedict reportedly grew up in Riverside, did not attend college, and worked as an architectural draftsman in Los Angeles by 1920. Circa 1922, he is known to have worked briefly for architect George Washington Smith in Santa Barbara. By 1935 Benedict had moved to Palm Springs where he worked for Gene Verge as an architectural draftsman, before launching the partnerships of Brewster & Benedict and Finlayson & Benedict. He left Palm Springs for a single-year (1939-1940) stint in Phoenix. Returning to Palm Springs in 1940, Benedict opened an office in the McManus building at 315 North Palm Canyon Drive.

During World War II, Benedict served the US Navy as an architect. In 1946, he returned briefly to Palm Springs and established an office for the Seattle firm of Bain, Overturf, Turner and Associates. After a few years, he returned to Phoenix.

After acquiring a site on Camelback Mountain in the early 1950s, a group of prominent investors (including Hollywood stars John Ireland, Joanne Dru and Sydney Chaplin, Charlie Chaplin's son) hired architect Hiram Hudson Benedict to design a clubhouse and a prototype casita. Benedict and Ireland developed the clubhouse, five tennis courts and a prototype casita that became John Ireland's Arizona home. The project was known as the Paradise Valley Racquet Club throughout the 1950s and is now named Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain.

Hiram had a string of eight marriages. He married Margaret, his first wife, and divorced her in 1936. Hiram was married to his 3rd wife, Lucile, between 1951-1954 – she died that same year. Later that year, he married Capi – who also died within the calendar year. In 1955, Mr. Benedict reportedly married and divorced his wife, Evelyn, in the same month. One family member recalls him marrying one of his wives twice.

In 1955 Benedict married Lois Grace, an artist, who returned to Arizona after living in La Jolla. Lois would design landscapes for many of his projects. While little is known about Benedict through the 1960s and ‘70s, his residence was noted as Carefree, Arizona in both the 1962 and 1970 AIA directories.

Benedict served filmmaker Antonioni as technical advisor for Zabriskie Point (1970) as the home, Boulder Reign, he designed for Carl Hovgaard, was used both as a shooting location as well as Benedict advising the filmmaker on the model/replica of the same home that was blown up at the end of the film.

Hiram and Lois lived in Las Vegas in the mid-70s where he was reportedly working on teh Dunes casino and a residence. Hiram and Lois retired to Nordlan, Washington. He passed away in November 1984 and Lois died in September 1988.

I continue to seek information on Mr. Benedict. Drop me a line HERE with any information you have.

Partial List of Projects


Belice Residence (1963)

Belice, John A. Residence (1963)
1634 Crespo, La Jolla

Benedict Residence (ca. 1976)
Mountain Springs, Nevada

Brill, Blanche Residence
Palm Springs

Bullock's Demonstration Homes
Palm Springs

Cliffton, Dr. Bacon L. Building
Palm Springs

Colonialounge
Palm Springs

Davies, Marion Beach House

de Laittre, Karl Residence
Palm Springs

Gibbs, Earl Residence
Palm Springs

Half Moon Anchorage and Boat-tel (1959)
2303 Shelter Island Drive
*renamed Humphrey's Half Moon Inn & Suites

Harris, Phil and Alice Faye Residence (1952)

Hicks, Alvah F. Residence
Palm Springs

Hicks, Milton Residence
Palm Springs

Hovgaard Residence (AKA Boulder Reign Residence) (1970
6908 Stagecoach Pass Road in Carefree, AZ
*Appears in Zabriskie's Point (1970)

La Cita Apartments
Palm Springs

Lone Palm
Palm Springs

Pacific Building
Palm Springs

Palm Springs Hotel (Remodel)
Palm Springs


Paradise Valley Racquet Club (1955). Photo by Maynard Parker


Paradise Valley Racquet Club (1955)

Paradise Valley Racquet Club (1955)
5700 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ
*later renamed Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa

Pershing, Frank Residence
Palm Springs

Private Residence (1952)
31 Biltmore Estate, Phoenix AZ
*Reportedly this house was pictured in the March 12, 1956 edition of Life Magazine as the "Costliest Home in Phoenix" at a price of $400,000.

Private Residence (1961)
24 Biltmore Estate, Phoenix AZ
*Reportedly Nancy Reagan's parent's home

San Diego Yacht Club (1964)
San Diego

Simon, Lloyd Residence
Palm Springs

Sterling Library detailing
Yale University

Thunderbird Country Club

Town House
Palm Springs

Wilson, H. Dalzell Residence
Palm Springs

Sources
1. The City of Palm Springs Citywide Historic Context Statement & Survey Findings
2. March 22, 1940 issue of The Desert Sun of Palm Springs
3. The AIA Historical Directory of American Architects
(1962, 1970)