Southern California

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
Showtime!
Spurred on by passion, charity and even profit, ambitious organizers and proud homeowners welcome in throngs on tours of their modern homes
Breaking the Rules
Battling outmoded thinking, architect A. Quincy Jones sought superior design through progressive and even daring plans for 'total communities'
Taking the Plunge
Original art makes the house look great—but it’s oh so easy to get hooked along the way
Palm Springs’ Week to Shine
Tours, exhibits, parties and lectures turn Modernism Week into worldwide attraction
Plastic Fantastic Living
Disneyland's spectacular 'Monsanto House of the Future' combined science, showmanship and dreams
Breaking New Ground
With smart planning, attention to detail, and patience, Eichlers show they can be rebuilt with their original flair
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
Steel Houses: Steel Ideal
Meet 12 California classics: Are these the Golden State's finest modern steel houses?
Buried Treasures: Unearthing Time Capsules
Mysterious time capsules—returning from deep sleep to evoke the 'now' for future generations
Encore Performance: The Gary Cooper House
Designed with star power by architect A. Quincy Jones—the Cooper house takes center stage for the second time
Saving the '60s
Preservationists embrace the Age of Aquarius as more and more mid-century modern architecture crosses the 50-year threshold
Cliff May's 'Hacienda Modern'
Hardly a mainstream modernist, Cliff May made rustic-looking homes as modern as they come
Eichler Tract a Class Act
Twenty enthusiastic high schoolers team up with the Los Angeles Conservancy to keep alive suburbia's modern architectural heritage
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
The Eichlers of Balboa Highlands - Granada Hills
Lights, cameras, and actions point these Eichlers to a distinguished future as a 'historic' neighborhood