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Delawie, Homer
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Edward Hale Fickett, FAIA (1916 - 1999)

Edward Fickett was born on May 19, 1916, a fourth-generation Angeleno whose father and grandfather were in construction and development.

What is likely his first job in architecture, a 19-year old Fickett served as Junior Draftsman for Sumner Spaulding (1935-38) just prior to working for Gordon Kaufman, FAIA (1938) as a draftsman. During his time at University of Southern California (1934-37), Fickett would return to Sumner Spaulding, FAIA’s office full-time (1938-40) – this time as a ‘designer’. Following coursework at Art Center School (1937–1940) Mr. Fickett served as a draftsman for Kirby Ferguson (1940) and then Stephan A. Stepanian (1941-42).

After serving in World War II with the Navy Seabees (1942-46), he returned to Los Angeles with the desire to "create a home for every serviceman," his widow, Joyce Fickett told the LA Times. "After the war he felt they wanted open spaces to live in," which contributed to his interpretation of the California ranch style, marked by open floor plans, raised ceilings, partial walls and lots of glass -- "bringing the outside in," as the late architect liked to say.

Following the War Fickett served as Architectural Advisor to Eisenhower and Consultant to the Federal Government on Housing, responsible for updating and rewriting the specifications and guidelines for the FHA, VA, HUD, and other government agencies. His first partnership, Heusel & Fickett, Architects & Engineers (1946-47), was where he joined the Southern California Chapter of the AIA (1947). Shortly thereafter (ca. 1948-49) he hung his own shingle as Edward H. Fickett, AIA, Architect.

Architect Edward Fickett designed homes in the 'La Jolla Hills' for developer Washburn & Justice.
Photograph by Julius Shulman taken on February 22, 1962
© J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)

Fickett’s ‘Home Magazine House’ for LA Times’ Home Magazine, built in 1957-58, was an attempt by the magazine to offer readers an inside look at the construction of a contemporary Los Angeles home. The 2,200-square-foot home, in the Royal Highlands area of Encino, was featured in a number of issues of the magazine.

"As we look back, it's who was considered important by the press," says John English, an architectural historian and board member at the Los Angeles Conservancy, explaining why, after building custom and tract homes in Los Angeles and environs for five decades beginning in the 1940s, Fickett's name has resonance largely within architecture circles. "Somewhere in between Eichler and the worst saltbox developers, there were a lot of tract houses in Southern California being designed by good Modern architects who did not get much recognition in their time. This is something we're only now learning. It's a myth that tract housing was just tract housing. Fickett was terribly important to the built history of Southern California, but people don't know about him," said English in an LA Times interview.

When he was named a fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1969, he was cited for his "excellence of design, proportion and scale and the use of regional materials, redwood, adobe brick and handmade flooring tiles" and for his "continuity of detail and expression of structural elements."

Through his work with developers, Fickett reportedly designed more than 60,000 post-war homes – some of which can be found in San Diego County. At the height of his practice, he had 46 people working for him in his Beverly Hills office.

Fickett died in Los Angeles on May 21, 1999 and was buried after services on June 4 at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills.

Architect Edward Fickett designed homes in the 'La Jolla Hills' for developer Washburn & Justice. Photograph by Julius Shulman taken on February 22, 1962
© J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.

Partial List of Projects

Adelson, Merv Residence (ca. 1966)
La Costa
Published in San Diego & Point - July 1966

American Pres Lines, Cargo Passenger Terminal (1961)
Los Angeles

Apartment Project for the George Alexander Co. (1958)
Housing Development (1960)
Palos Verdes

Avco Community Developers Housing Development (1963)
Rancho Bernardo

Bistro Gardens Restaurant
Beverly Hills

Cargo Passenger Terminal (1961)
Los Angeles

Chapman Gardens (ca. 1955)
Tract design for Volk-McClain

Dodger Stadium

Edwards Air Force Base Military Housing (1960)

Fickett, Edward H. Residence (1956-57)
8945 Dicks Street, Los Angeles

Grossmont Hills Development (1960)
Housing located on La Suvida Drive, Hilmer Drive, Urban Drive, Loren Drive, Monona Drive and Huneck Drive in La Mesa. "The Montecito, Palo Alto, Hempstead, and Sequoia models were all Contemporary Ranch houses composed of rustic materials such as rough-textured vertical redwood siding, red cedar shakes, and masonry. The most unusual model, the Golden Dynasty, featured an Austronesian roofline. The brochure described it as “Oriental charm and elegance so suited to our western way of living…carefully detailed into this truly impressive house.”This model featured “specially designed” Oriental screens and room dividers." - From Quantity and Quality: Architects Working for Developers in Southern California, 1960-1973 by Sian Winship

Hotel Cabo San Lucas

Hotel Hacienda

Hotel Palm Springs
Palm Springs

Housing Development (1956)
Buena Park

Housing Development (1956)

Housing Development for Araco, Inc. (1954)
Northridge, CA
*Received a Design Award from Progressive Architecture

Housing Development (1956)
La Mesa

Keating, Richard H. Residence (1962)
San Marino, CA

Las Cruces Resort
Las Cruces

La Costa Country Club & Spa (1965)
Carlsbad, CA

La Jolla Fashion Center (1960)
La Jolla

La Jolla Hills Development. Photo by Darren Bradley

La Jolla Hills Development for Washburn & Justice (ca. 1962)
Castle Hills Drive, North Pacific Beach

Los Angeles Police Academy
Los Angeles

Miller House (1973)
24142 Malibu Road, Malibu

Murphy Canyon Heights Naval Housing
San Diego

Naval Air Station Los Alamitos (1968)
Master Plan & Residential Development Units
Los Alamitos, CA

Nethercutt Antique Car Museum Additions

Nick's Fish Market Restaurant

Olie Hammond's Restaurant
Los Angeles

Port of Los Angeles Passenger and Cargo Terminals

Sands Hotel
Las Vegas

Scandia Restaurant

Sherman Park Housing Development (1955)

Spago Restaurant
West Hollywood

Speculative Housing (1957)

Stenzil, David M. Residence (1960)
La Mesa.

Sunset Capri Apartments (1954)

Techbilt Inc., A Residence For (ca. 1960-62)
Plan 10 and 20 (ca. 1960-62)

West Hollywood Park, Library and Community Center (1960)
West Hollywood