AKA: Exxon Building, Downtown, Houston, TX

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings

Designers: Becket, Welton D., and Associates, Architects (firm); Welton David Becket (architect); Louis Naidorf (architect)

Dates: constructed 1963

44 stories

800 Bell Avenue
Houston, TX 77002-7497

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This major skyscraper was designed by the prolific, Los Angeles-based Welton Becket and Associates, then one of the largest architectural firms in the US. Although built on a taller scale, the Humber Oil and Refining Company Building shared the "stacked plate" aesthetic of A.C. Martin's remarkable Los Angeles Water and Power Department Building in the Downtown Bunker Hill neighborhood constructed a few years before in 1964-1965.

Building History

Done with Golemon and Rolfe and George Pierce-Abel B. Pierce, Consulting Architects; 600 feet in height, with 44-stories; for a short time this building stood as the tallest west of the Mississippi River; Humble Oil Building was designed by Becket's designer, Louis Naidorf, to reflect Becket's philosophy of "total design," a modernist gesamtkunstwerk, in which all elements--architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, sculpture, and furnishings--were envisioned as a whole; building also had an adjacent, architecturally-consistent garage that held 1300 cars next door, an unusual feature for a skyscraper of the time;

PCAD id: 2152