We just discovered Joseph Eichler - and our house maybe one of his. There are two streets next to each other and another adjacent with Eichler-like homes. Does anyone know if these are original Eichlers? The streets are Minnehaha and Hiawatha (no joke).
Thanks for the help. jd
In Granada Hills for details go to balboahighlands.com
There are other modern tract homes as well, go to lottaliving.com message boards-ones that come to mind are palmer and kriesel designed alexander homes-devonshire and reseda-northridge (there's a gallery on the website of them) also corbin palms and various other locations in the sfv, and fickett homes-dunno locations tho-ask on the message board, someone will know.
The streets you mentioned are the Alexander Homes tract.
See the gallery at lottaliving.com for some pics.
Not too many mansionized or obliterated, don't recall any for sale.
But there are other tracts. Have fun and good luck.
Dear Modfan: Thanks for answering. My home is definitely an Alexander. Do you know the story on them? They are exactly like Eichlers as far as I can tell. I fell in love with the house when I first walked in and saw high ceilings with windows all around, and sliding glass doors going outside from the living room and the master bedroom (that inside/outside living idea). JD (I went to lottaliving and found some photos of yours)
On Robert Alexander but it will be mostly about his Palm Springs homes in I think the Palm Spring Weekend book or is it the Palm Springs Modern book, but there a a few pages about his company and some pics.
If ya do a google search you will get lotsa returns but they mostly are NOT the Alexander Homes that your home is-there's Alexander Homes in Arizona and someplace back east and Alexandercommunities.com etc.
Architects Palmer & Krisel designed most of Alexander's homes in PS and the greater LA area. I think Krisel (or might be Palmer) is still alive and practices architecture in LA.
Yes, it's Palm Springs Weekend which has a chapter on the father-son builder team of the Alexanders and their architects. Nice homes. Good people. Too bad the Alexander's lives were cut short. I am sure they would have passed Eichler in the number of homes built. No skyscrapers to stop them...
You'll find articles on them in vintage issues of House & Home (54-65) and in old issues of Echoes. I also suggest heading out to PS and do a tour. Some nice ones!
Also, http://www.lottaliving.com has many of them in the gallery for viewing online.
Thanks for the info. What happened to the Alexanders.? My research shows that Robert (the son) born in 1907 is still alive. My tract of houses in NOrthridge, Ca. was likely designed by his partner, Richard Neutra. These houses were built in 1958 the same year their partnership ended. The original owners in the neighborhood say the "builder" went bankrupt and someone else finished the houses. If anyone has any info on this, please contact me. It's a mystery. The tract includes Minnehaha St., Hiawatha St., Blackhawk, and a portion of Reseda Blvd., in Northridge, Ca. Sincerely , JD
post your question on the lotta living board - or at least provide some contact information - because i know one of the guys who worked at Palmer and Krisel in the valley and would be able to answer your questions.