Southern California

Playing With Space
Over a 60-year career, architect Ray Kappe used custom homes to pioneer techniques for mass housing
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
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
Swiss Misses
Amid mystery and misgivings, the chalet-like Swiss Miss homes have fans soaring with affection
Wexler's Palm Springs Steel
Dreaming in steel: Palm Springs' tiny enclave of seven modern steel homes is a desert landmark.
Outrageous in Pink
An Alexander Tract Home Transformed -- Jamie Kabler's Titillating Leisureland is Palm Springs' Party Central
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
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
The Eichlers of Balboa Highlands - Granada Hills
Lights, cameras, and actions point these Eichlers to a distinguished future as a 'historic' neighborhood
Historic Quest: Eichlers in the National Register
At last—Eichlers get their place in history, reach the National Register of Historic Places
The Elite Modern of Corbin Palms - Woodland Hills
Sparked by a renewed interest in modernism, life's looking up for Corbin Palms' Alexanders
Modern Preservation: Streetscape Smarts
How California's mid-century modern tracts are safeguarding their unique architectural character
Forgotten Giant
Once the ‘miracle man’ behind more than 40,000 tract homes, Southern California architect Edward H. Fickett and his modern hybrids slip back into the limelight
The Alexander Homes
Behind the pioneering Alexanders and their 2,500 modern homes that changed the face of Palm Springs
The Modest Modern of Encino Village - Encino
Encino Village of San Fernando Valley gains fame with its quirky mix of well-preserved architectural styles
The Cliff May Ranchos of Rancho Estates - Long Beach
Newcomers bring a wave of recognition and design flair to this special SoCal neighborhood of Cliff May Ranchos