I live in the Rancho San Miguel neighborhood in Walnut Creek. Is there any source to find the original plans to my Eichler? Access to site plans would also be useful.
Thanks for any help
I see no one has responded so thought I'd post what little I know in the meantime. Hopefully, it someone else
o Always remember to search the archives of this site. Many topics, including this one, come up over and over again and so you can find good information if you look. Faster than waiting/hoping someone will respond. Try words like "blue prints".
o To the best of my knowledge, buyers of homes in Eichler tracts did not receive copies of their blueprints--hence their scarcity. I don't know if homebuyers simply didn't care or if the plans were purposely not provided.
o There were at least 3 architectural firms/collaborations involved in the Eichler tracts: Ashen & Allen, Jones & Emmons, and Claude Oakland. I would think you'd need to know which of these built your home and/or the model number in order to determine the availability of blueprints.
o Finally, once you know the architect(s) and model, here's the most recent status I've seen on availability:
- Ashen & Allen blueprints are not available.
- Some of the Jones & Emmons blueprints were donated by Jones' widow to UCLA but have not yet been fully catalogued. They are but a small part of Jones' huge collection of architectural work and so it is quite an undertaking to find them. (I email the archivist involved every year or so to see where they are at, it's probably time again.)
- Some (all?) of the Claude Oakland blueprints were donated to UC Berkeley. You can contact their Environmental Design Archives by calling 510-642-5124 and asking for their Reference Archivist (Carrie McDade) or by sending an email to designarchives AT berkeley.edu.
Rancho San Miguel was done with plans from Ashen and Allan
and I have seen no Blueprints.
I am in RSM and do have an original Sales Brochure
that has small versions of the plans on them.
I can make a copy for you if that would help.
You can get ahold of me through the RSM Homeowners Assc.
I know this is an old post, but I would like a copy of the brochure. We recently moved into the neighborhood, and plans, or site plans are hard to come by.