Eugene Werlin was born in Pennsylvania on March 20, 1905. He moved with his family to Houston, where he graduated from the Rice Institute in 1927 with a BA in Architecture. He started work as a draftsman for Cameron Fairchild. Early in his career, Werlin designed several homes in the Braeswood neighborhood. Werlin designed several of Houston’s most notable buildings, including the Wilshire Village Apartments the Sakowitz Store located in the Galleria area and Craig’s Department Store in the Rice Village (altered). Werlin’s firm also designed the Mecom Fountain and Miller Outdoor Theater in Hermann Park.