Del E. Webb Construction Company

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Del E. Webb Construction Company
Public company
FateAcquired by Pulte Homes
SuccessorDel Webb a brand of Pulte Group
FounderDel Webb
HeadquartersPhoenix, Arizona, United States
Area served
Key people
Del Webb, R. H. Johnson
Number of employees
DivisionsDel Webb Hotels
SubsidiariesDel E. Webb Development Co. formed 1959, Del E. Webb Realty & Management Co. formed 1970, Sahara-Nevada Corporation acquired 1961 Edit this on Wikidata

The Del E. Webb Construction Company was a construction company, that was founded in 1928 and developed by Del Webb and headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, in the United States. It became the Del E. Webb Corporation in 1960. That same year, the corporation unveiled Sun City outside of Phoenix as the first community designed for senior citizens. Many more Sun Cities were built by the corporation in the following decades. Along with construction, the corporation was also involved in real estate and owned several properties mainly hotels and casinos, many of which were built and/or expanded by the company; the company was purchased in 2001 by Pulte Homes. Pulte Homes since merged with Centex Corp. and is now PulteGroup.[1] Del Webb continues as a brand of PulteGroup.[2][3]

The company also worked with many notable 20th century architects including Welton Becket, Flatow, Moore, Bryan, and Fairburn, Charles Luckman, William Pereira, Martin Stern Jr., Lescher & Mahoney, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Zick & Sharp, Edward L. Varney, Ralph Haver, Michael & Kemper Goodwin, Kivet & Myers, Adrian Wilson, A. C. Martin, and Ralph C. Harris[3]



NRHP works[edit]

A number of works by the firm are listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).[4]Construction works on the Williams Air Force Base that are NRHP-listed include:

Other works listed on the National Register include:

Other works[edit]

Del E. Webb Construction Company, 1928-1960[3]

  • A. J. Matthews Library, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 1936[5]
  • Goodwin Stadium, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 1935-1936 (Demolished)
  • West Hall, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 1936[5]
  • Thunderbird Field No. 1, built 1939, airfield used for flight training of World War II pilots, with construction by contractor Del Webb Construction of a hexagonal barracks, administrative building, mess hall and four hangars on the site, and more
  • Poston War Relocation Center, Yuma County, AZ, 1942
  • Pinal Airpark, built in 1942 by the Sundt & Del Webb Construction Companies and opened in March, 1943, then known as Marana Army Air Field.
  • Luke Air Force Base, buildings constructed by Del Webb Construction Co., with first building begun in March 1941.
  • Flamingo Las Vegas, opened at cost of $6 million on December 26, 1946; Del Webb Construction was the prime contractor and Richard Stadelman was the architect.
  • Kraft Foods distribution center, Kansas City, MO, 1947
  • Kraft Foods distribution center, Portland OR 1947
  • Kraft Foods warehouse, Wichita, KS, 1947
  • Kraft Foods distribution center, Amarillo TX 1947
  • Kraft Foods, Kentucky Headquarters, Louisville, 1947
  • Town Flair Shopping Center, Phoenix, AZ, 1947
  • Dr. L. D. Beck Clinic, Phoenix, AZ, 1947
  • Dr. Robert T. Phillips & E. Henry Running Pediatric Clinic, Phoenix, AZ, 1947
  • McKinley Street Clinic, Phoenix, AZ, 1947 (now The McKinley Club)
  • Arizona Republic Building, Phoenix, AZ, 1947
  • Expansion to the Security Building Phoenix, AZ, 1947
  • Hanny's Phoenix, AZ, 1947
  • Kraft Foods distribution center, Los Angeles, CA, 1948
  • Pueblo Gardens Neighborhood, Tucson, AZ, 1948
  • Livermore Veterans Hospital, Livermore, CA, 1948-1949
  • Portland Veterans Hospital, Oregon, expansion, 1949-1950 (Demolished)
  • Denver Veterans Hospital, CO, 1949-1951
  • Phoenix Veterans Hospital, Arizona, 1950-1951
  • Pabco Mfg. Plant, Newark NJ., 1951
  • Amarillo Air Force Base, TX, 1951
  • Hughes Aircraft Plant, Expansion, Los Angeles, CA, 1950-1952
  • Hughes Missile Plant (now Raytheon Missile Systems), in Tucson, AZ,[6]1951
  • Sahara Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV, built 1952 with Del Webb as main contractor
  • JCPenny Department Store, Phoenix, AZ, 1952 (Demolished)
  • Kansas City Veterans Hospital, MO, 1950-1952
  • St Louis Veterans Hospital, MO, 1950-1952
  • Saint Joseph's Hospital Phoenix, AZ, 1950-1953
  • San Manuel, Arizona was established in 1953. The entire town was built by Webb (along with M.O.W. Homes Inc.) for The Magma Copper Company to house San Manuel Copper Mine employees. [7][8][9]
  • Uptown Plaza, Phoenix, AZ, 1955
  • Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA, 1955
  • Sahara Hotel, Phoenix, AZ, 1955 (Demolished)
  • Kansas City Municipal Stadium, remodeled in 1955 to meet major league specifications to accommodate the Kansas City Athletics[10](Demolished)
  • Many buildings of the Hiway House, a motor hotel chain founded in 1956 by Del Webb
  • Texaco building Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 1957
  • Pacific Northwest pipeline Building Salt Lake City, UT, 1957
  • Vandenberg Air Force Base housing, CA, 1957-1958
  • Union Oil Center Los Angeles, CA, 1955-1958
  • Hughes Radar Plant, Fullerton, CA, 1958 (Demolished)
  • Mountain Shadows Resort, Paradise Valley, AZ, 1958 (Demolished)
  • Hughes Research Laboratory, Malibu, CA, 1959 (Now HRL Laboratories, LLC)
  • Rocket Engine Test Stand, Edwards Air Force Base, CA, 1959-1960

Del E. Webb Corporation, 1960-2001[3]


Properties owned, managed and/or operated by Del E. Webb Corporation.

Beginning with the acquisition of the Sahara-Nevada Corporation and its holdings in 1961 Del E. Webb corporation began purchasing hotels, office buildings, shopping centers and land. these properties were all sold off in the 1980s to pay off debt that the company had acquired over the years. the hotels were operated and managed by Del Webb Hotels, and the other properties were managed by Del E. Webb Realty & Management Co created in 1970.[14][3]Prior to purchasing the Sahara Del Webb owned and operated the Hiway House Motor Hotel chain.

Del Webb Hotels/Sahara-Nevada Corporation

Webb built properties

Del E. Webb Realty & Management Co.

  • Stardust Country Club (renamed Sahara-Nevada Country Club) Las Vegas, NV, 1969-1982
  • Cherry Creek Medical Building, Denver, CO, 1970-1980s
  • Tucson Federal Savings Tower, Tucson, AZ, 1970-1980s
  • Traders National Bank Building, Kansas City MO, 1970-1980s
  • Kroger Building, Cincinnati OH, 1970-1980s
  • Stockyards Restaurant Complex, Phoenix, AZ, 1976-1980s
  • The Arizona Bank Building, Phoenix 1976-1980s
  • 35th Avenue & Cactus Road Shopping Center, Phoenix, AZ. 1976-1980s
  • Valley Center, Phoenix, AZ, 1980-1980s

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Stephanie Paeprer (May 1, 2011). "Del E. Webb: A Pioneer In Arizona's Construction Industry". Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "History of Del Webb Corporation – FundingUniverse". Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  3. ^ a b c d e "NEWSLETTERS – "Webb Spinner" – Del Webb Sun Cities Museum". Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  5. ^ a b "Del E. Webb Corporation Photographs 1941-1987 Del E. Webb Corporation Photographs". Retrieved 2018-10-17.
  6. ^ David Leighton, The History of the Hughes Missile Plant in Tucson, 1947-1960, Private Publication, 2015 [Page 5]
  7. ^ "Del Webb Corporation History". Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Mine Tales: San Manuel was once world's largest underground copper mine". Apr 14, 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  9. ^ "History of the San Manuel-Kalamazoo Mine, Pinal County, Arizona" (PDF). Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  10. ^ The Baseball Hall of Shame by Nash and Zullo (see Arnold Johnson)
  11. ^ a b c d e "1963-1964.pdf" (PDF).
  12. ^ a b c "Del E. Webb Corporation Photographs | ASU Digital Repository". Retrieved 2017-08-07.
  13. ^ "Sun City Grand -". Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  14. ^ "History of Del Webb Corporation – FundingUniverse". Retrieved 2018-07-31.

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