Abrams, Harold
Ain, Gregory
Alexander, Robert E.
Anderson, Guy
Antelline, Jon P.
Applebaum, Norm
Batter-Kay Associates
Beadle, Alfred
Beckett, Welton
Benedict, Hiram Hudson
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-Lewis
Delawie, Homer
Des Lauriers, Robert
Drake, Gordon
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
Jones, A. Quincy
Jones, Robert E.
Kahn, Louis
Kellogg, Dick
Kellogg, Kendrick Bangs
Kesling, William
Killingsworth, Brady & Smith
Kowalski, Joseph
Krisel, William
Ladd, Thornton
Lareau, Richard
Lautner, John
Leitch, Richard
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, William
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

Eugene Weston III, AIA
(b. 1924-2012)


Frederick Liebhardt (left) and Eugene Weston III (right)

Eugene (“Gene”) Weston III was born in Hollywood, the son of a Los Angeles architect who had worked for Bertram Goodhue in 1923 and nephew to Joseph Weston also an architect. These two, in the mid 1930's, formed a company to design and manufacture factory-built (prefab) houses, way ahead of their time.

In the 1930's the family moved to La Canada, where Gene attended Pasadena schools.After the war Gene studied at the Art Center to become an industrial designer. While at Art Center, he met fellow student Wanda Debes who he later married.

Following graduation, Eugene worked for his father's architectural firm and later for Alvin Lustig, where he prepared residential working drawings for a building contractor client. Following his employment with Lustig, Gene worked alongside Douglas Byles for Whitney Smith of Smith & Williams Architects (ca. 1946-7). Gene & Doug left Smith & Williams at the same time and formed a partnership Byles & Weston, a design / build firm. Both became General Contractors, and built a number of houses for clients and some for speculation, in and around the Pasadena area. One home was for Bob Smith, Whitney Smith's brother, another was a spec house in Altadena (next door to Cal Straub's home whom Doug had studied under at USC) as well as several spec houses in La Crescenta. The latter were for a builder, who was Lustig's earlier client, for whom Gene had prepared drawings for his Lustig designed house, that was never built.

According to Eugene Weston III, “Bill Rudolph worked Doug and I for a relatively short period of time on some of our promo work. We added Bill's name even though he didn't actually participate.” Weston added, “Doug & I obtained General Contractors Licenses, to make it legal to design & build. A little later Doug got his Architectural License, (he had graduated from USC School of Architecture just before joining Smith & Williams).”

In La Canada Gene designed and built 3 different houses for his family and when he and Doug split up he continued the design/ build program for both clients and speculation, in that area.

Eugene Weston III designed a line of furniture prior to moving to San Diego. According to Eugene Weston III, "It was around 1950... I was partially inspired by Stan Hawk who had a barbecue designed by Whitney Smith. It was called the Hawk Brazier... I came up with a stacking stool about 10" high & 13" in diameter,on 3 legs. A triangle piece of canvas was the seat. The Hawks used these stools in some of their promotional brochures. Other pieces were also in the line. A company called Modern Color, bought the line from me, but it didn't go over too well. Most of these items were made by a metal worker in a one man shop in Pasadena, a few were made by Brown Jordan who had a small factory in Pasadena at that time."

In 1956 Gene & family moved to La Jolla, and proceeded to design / build, again for both clients and speculation. Later when the San Diego real estate market slowed down, he approached Fred Liebhardt for a job, having met Fred years earlier while visiting a friend at Taliesin West.

LIEBHARDT & WESTON 1960-1990

Over the years, the architecture firm changed its name several times. Between 1950-1960 the firm was solely owned and run by Frederick Liebhardt. Gene was hired in (1958) and a few years later they formed the partnership of Liebhardt & Weston (1960-1965), which later changed to Liebhardt Weston and Associates (1965-1967). In 1961 Gene obtained his Architectural License and Fred followed shortly thereafter.

Don Goldman, a noted designer in his own right, later became a partner in Liebhardt &,Weston and Goldman (1967-1976). When Goldman left the firm, the partnership changed back to Liebhardt Weston and Associates (1976-1990). Following Mr. Weston's retirement, Bob Botton joined Fred as partner in Liebhardt, Botton and Associates (1990-1991).

Between 1974-1984 a number of animal-oriented projects were designed by Animal People Environments, a joint venture of Liebhardt, Weston and Associates, Charles Faust, Dr. James Dolan and Barry Upson all of whom worked for the San Diego Zoo, Upson later went to work for Universal Studios which was LWA's opening to design a number of "sets" for the Universal tours in both L.A. and Florida.

During this same period LWA started an extensive program of remodeling and refurbishing the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club facilities as well as the co-owned Sea Lodge Hotel & Restaurant, also remodeling & additions. LWA provided architectural services and Wanda Weston handled the Interiors where required.After leaving LWA in 1990, Gene & Wanda moved to The Sea Ranch in northern California. Another house was built there and Gene became involved a long range planning committee for TSR Assoc. In 2000 he started the Archive Committee, collecting and organizing material on this internationally famous development. In 2003 he & Wanda moved to Santa Barbara

Great bio piece on Gene Weston can be found HERE.

Eugene Weston Project List

EW = Eugene Weston III
BW = Byles & Weston (Douglas Byles, Eugene Weston III)

1949

Weston, Eugene III Residence “StoneGlen #1” (EW)

La Canada, CA Steel House Project (Unbuilt) (EW)

1950

Kenneth Way Spec House (BW) Pasadena, CA

Smith, Bob Residence (BW)
Pasadena, CA

1951

Victor Sease Spec Houses (BW)
2-3 houses built in a row, Tujunga, CA

Theater in the Round Project (Unbuilt) (EW)
La Canada, CA

Weston, Eugene Jr Residence (EW) Pasadena, CA

Weston, Eugene Residence #3 “StoneGlen #2” (EW) La Canada, CA

1952

Ennis House (BW) Eagle Rock, CA

1953

Roberts, John D. Residence (EW) Malibu, CA

Victor Sease Hillside Spec House (BW) Tujunga, CA

Bilderback Residence (EW) Eagle Rock, CA

Spec House 660 Westbridge

1954

Graham Apartments Project (EW) Pasadena, CA

Roberts, Jack Residence (Addition) (EW) Malibu, CA

1955

Armin Richter Spec Building (BW) La Jolla

Dean Marshall Interiors (Armin Richter Spec Bldg) (BW) La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla

Weston, Eugene III Residence (EW) Santa Inez / La Canada, CA

Soloman Residence (EW) Pacific Palasades / Santa Monica, CA

1957

Weston Spec House #1 (EW)
1440 Deer Hill, La Jolla

Weston Spec House #2 (EW)
Deer Hill, La Jolla

1958

Palmer O. Rich Residence
1050 La Jolla Rancho Road

1959

Webb Residence (EW)
Carmel, CA

Spec House
1220 Sunnyoaks

Leon Eliel Residence
760 Laguna Road

Spec House
815 Laguna Road

Spec House
5300 Angeles Crest Highway

Links to homeowners' sites:

http://www.devildogranch.com/descanso.html

http://www.andycoburn.com/apperson.html

Eugene Weston III's Furniture Designs


Cover Illustration for A&A
March 1950 by Rex Goode and Eugene Weston III
courtesy of Arts & Architecture Magazine
© 2011 David Travers. All Rights Reserved


Cover Illustration for A&A
June 1950 by Eugene Weston III
courtesy of Arts & Architecture Magazine
© 2011 David Travers. All Rights Reserved

Partial Bibliography

Architectural Forum February 1951, Kenneth Way and Bob Smith Residence (variant of Kenneth Way)
Architectural Forum February 1953, v. 3, pages 128-134 “Luxury Living on a Small Lot Pasadena, Calif.”
Architectural Record June 1951, v. 95, pages 160-161 “Builders Houses
Arts & Architecture February 1949, v. 66, pages 34-35 “Steel House”
Arts & Architecture April 1949, v. 66, pages 34-35 “Small Hillside Home” (StoneGlen #1)
Arts & Architecture May 1950, Kenneth Way House
Arts & Architecture November 1950, v. 67, pages 34-37 “Small Contemporary House” (Kenneth Way)
Arts & Architecture March 1951, v. 68, page 19 “Small Theatre”
Arts & Architecture September 1952, v. 69, page 21 “A Reconstruction”
Arts & Architecture November 1952, v. 69 page 25 “House in Altadena” (B&W Spec House)
Arts & Architecture March 1953, v. 70, pages 26-29 “House for Spec”
Arts & Architecture October 1954, v. 71, page 29 “Eight Garden Apartments”
Calif. State Dept. of Vets. Affairs News Bulletin October 21, 1956, pages N40, “What I Believe…” by Esther McCoy
Die Kunst & Das Schone Heim June, 1951 (Kenneth Way house)
House & Home
December 1956, v. 73, pages 24-25 “House by Eugene Weston III”
Los Angeles Times May 1956, v. 119, pages 167-170 “House Near Pasadena for a Family of Five”
Los Angeles Times November 19,1950, pages F7, F30, “Nothing’s Cheaper Than the Sun” by Jack Lester
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 28, 1951, pages F1, F4-F5, F17, “The Whole is Greater Than the Parts” by Ethel McCall Head (Kenneth Way House)
New Homes for Western Living “Glass Makes the Room Seem Larger”, pp. 92-94, Lane Book Company, 1956
Pasadena Star News 8/8/54
Southland Homes Vol II September 1952 (Kenneth Way house)


Weston's Final Design - a Residence in Sea Ranch, CA (ca. 1991)