Southern California

Taking the Plunge
Original art makes the house look great—but it’s oh so easy to get hooked along the way
Space to Grow
Mid-century modern homes today continue to make it easy for kids to run free, enjoy nature and dream
Return of the Butterflies
After years of hibernation following their mid-century boom, butterfly roofs are spreading their wings once again
Grudge City
Northern versus Southern California—an age-old tug-of-war tradition that evokes the Hatfields and McCoys
Plastic Fantastic Living
Disneyland's spectacular 'Monsanto House of the Future' combined science, showmanship and dreams
Breaking the Rules
Battling outmoded thinking, architect A. Quincy Jones sought superior design through progressive and even daring plans for 'total communities'
Distinguished at Every Curve
AIA's first African-American, pioneer Paul R. Williams was the 'architect to the stars' who mastered mid-century modern
Desert Modern as Video Stars
New film takes fans of modern architecture to Palm Springs’ loveliest Alexander homes
Spurred on by passion, charity and even profit, ambitious organizers and proud homeowners welcome in throngs on tours of their modern homes
Little Gem with History
Caressed by hills and a pleasant ocean breeze, little-known Niguel West glories in its modern roots
On the Threshold of Discovery
When the aluminum sliding glass door made its groundbreaking debut—then ushered in the classic look of mid-century modern
National Register No-show
It's the tenth anniversary for the two Eichler neighborhoods on the National Register of Historic Places—but no others have joined them
Breaking New Ground
With smart planning, attention to detail, and patience, Eichlers show they can be rebuilt with their original flair
Beyond Flash and Fantasy
John Lautner's 'keeping it real' approach to architecture—visionary yet down-to-earth, space age yet eternal
Modern Real Estate: Too Alluring to Fail?
Values of modern homes fell with the housing crash—but their appeal still stands strong
One Voice, Twin Palms - Palm Springs
Hollywood and desert lore distinguish the legend of croon king Frank Sinatra's original desert digs
Bill Krisel Interview
Architect Bill Krisel talks about the Alexanders of Palm Springs and building San Fernando Valley
Kaufmann House
By saving Neutra's Kaufmann house, its owners helped to spur Palm Springs' modern revival
Saving the '60s
Preservationists embrace the Age of Aquarius as more and more mid-century modern architecture crosses the 50-year threshold
Steel Houses: Steel Ideal
Meet 12 California classics: Are these the Golden State's finest modern steel houses?