Historic Roots

Origins of the Eichlers and other mid-century modern homes

The Re-uppers
For many raised 'modern' as children, no other house feels like home today
Life on the Line
When Joe Eichler swayed starry-eyed Los Altos owners with a 'promise' of the national spotlight
Diamonds of the West
How modernist architecture of the mid-century impacted the look, openness and siting of California's big-league ballparks
City of Noir
Behind the fog-shrouded mystique—why so many classic mid-century film noirs aimed their cameras toward Baghdad by the Bay
Splash!
America's recreational oasis—the swimming pool comes of age in mid-century California
Type that Talks
From Helvetica to Futura to Neutraface— the expressive aura of modern lettering
Not Long for This World?
Teardown threats loom for these twelve special California modern sites that hang on for dear life
At Home with the Eichlers
Tracing the revealing story behind Joe and Lillian’s 50 years living in 14 different places around the Bay
Blocks of Beauty
When stylish concrete walls of myriad patterns exploded into the mid-century’s popular culture
Showtime in the Ozone
After thousands of its kind have fallen away, the drive-in theater yearns for a renaissance
8 Great Modern Masters
Mid-century architects of Southern California who pioneered an international movement
When God Went Mod
Once despised, modern churches have thrived—designed by many of the same architects who shaped mid-century suburbia
Something in the Air
How the Eichlers of San Jose transformed an impromptu art-filled happening into the ambitious Fairglen Art Festival
Vinyl's Final Fling
Music lovers celebrate as old-school phonograph records continue their surprising comeback
Painting the Town
When mosaic master Alfonso Pardiñas lit up the Bay Area with his colored glass and lively personality
Roaring Back
Once lost, then found—how mid-century modern caught fire and raged on as today’s red-hot revival
8 Great Modern Masters
Mid-century architects whose efforts gave Northern California its characteristic look and meaning
Lauan's Lost Love
Eichler Homes' original walls of mahogany paneling—once glowing in every home—are hopelessly fading out of sight
Grand Guru of Clay
Once one of Los Angeles' top mid-century artists—and then forgotten—Raul Angulo Coronel looks back with newfound fame
Once Upon a Dream
Affordable housing on the edge of Palo Alto—behind the 'utopian vision' of architect Joe Stein