Eugene Weston III (1924–2012) was a 3rd generation California design / build architect. His paternal grandfather, Eugene Weston (1861–1934) started the Weston Building Co. in Los Angeles at the end of the 1800s. His firm specialized in stone foundation bungalows in Los Angeles and Pasadena. His sons, Eugene Jr. (1896–1969) and Joseph Weston (1893–1963) opened their firm Weston and Weston in the early 1920s. Their first big commissions included the American Legion Hall on North Highland Avenue in Los Angeles, and North Hollywood Regional Branch Library on North Tujunga Avenue in North Hollywood. They also opened a factory to build pre-fab wooden houses.
In addition to his Art Center degree, Weston III also became a general contractor, initially working at the Hollywood firm of his father and uncle. He branched out on his own, worked for Alvin Lustig, and then joined forces with Douglas Byles, and they designed and built post and beam houses in the Pasadena, La Canada, Tujunga, and Silver Lake areas of Southern California. In 1956, Weston moved to La Jolla, California, and continued designing post and beam style residences. In 1960, he entered into a 30-year partnership with architect Frederick Liebhardt. The work of Liebhardt Weston and Assoc. included the San Diego Yacht Club clubhouse, the Sea Lodge in La Jolla, the Islandia Hotel in Mission Bay, and buildings at UC San Diego, San Diego State University, Scripps Research Institute, and the San Diego Zoo.
Weston’s final design was his own 1991 residence - a wood and glass structure - located at Sea Ranch in Northern California. Weston stated to the Times in 1956, that a house could be “more beautiful and meaningful” in the post and beam style that blurs the lines between the indoors and outdoor living. His final work typifies that quote. Over the course of his 40 plus year career, Weston also wrote several articles for Arts and Architecture magazine, as well as designing two of the magazine's covers. He also designed a small line of furniture. In 1950, the 26 year old was selected to receive the Good Design Award by the Museum of Modern Art in New York for a table of his design.
On a personal note, we became friends with Gene and his wife Wanda when we contacted them after purchasing a 1954 Weston post and beam home in Eagle Rock, California. Subsequently, we became partners in the re-issue of the furniture he originally designed in 1950. In 2006, the Los Angeles Times wrote a feature article titled "A Big, Beautiful Empty" about Gene’s revisiting the Eagle Rock home that he had designed and built more than 50 years prior. Now, 60 years have passed since the house was built, and we have been here for 11 years. We think of Gene daily as we enjoy the home that 60 years ago was yet a blue print drawn by the hand of a brilliant young architect.