Modern in Houston

Humble Oil Building 2008 by Jason Smith

Humble Oil (Exxon/Mobil) Building
Architect: Welton Becket and Associates
800 Bell Ave

The 600ft tall, 44-story Humble Oil Building (now Exxon/Mobil) is one of Houstonís most recognizable modern buildings. It was for a short time, the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. The Becket firm is most famous for a unique brand of `corporate modernism`, designing office buildings and factories for Fortune 500 firms including Ford, Philips Petroleum and Kaiser Aluminum. Among the firm`s most recognized works are the Capitol Records Building and the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion, both located in Los Angeles, CA.

Exxon has commendably been restoring the building`s exterior.

Photo by Jason Smith

Recognition: The focus of the book Total Design by William Hunt

Welton Becket Biography
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