Historic Roots

Origins of the Eichlers and other mid-century modern homes

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
Experiment in Innovation
The late, great Eichler designs of architect Claude Oakland
How BART Got Art
What's become of the Bay Area Rapid Transit's 'museum' of modern art—born of 1960s dreams yet largely forgotten today?
Fierceness Within
Immersed in nature—the art of Northern California sculptor Mary Fuller McChesney
That Magic Glow
Once loved, then reviled, the world of neon art is back in lights—from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Clay Artist Thinks Big
Once Fresno's best-kept secret, visionary Stan Bitters finds newfound popularity with dazzling grand-scale art he calls 'environmental ceramics'
Dance of a Lifetime
From her legendary open-air deck, dance pioneer Anna Halprin carries on a free-flowing connection between inside and outside
Pioneers of Outdoor Living
Tommy Church and his brood—creators of the 'California School' of modern landscape design
Sacred Art
Prolific yet unsung, Northern California artist Ray Rice put creative expression at the center of his life
Melting the Mystique
Anshen and Allen's 1950s modern designs for an Eichler competitor unlock the mystery at Sunnyvale's Gavello Glen
On the Threshold of Discovery
When the aluminum sliding glass door made its groundbreaking debut—then ushered in the classic look of mid-century modern
What's Become of the Holy Grail?
The first architect-designed Eichlers, Sunnyvale Manor Addition languishes today with no historic plaque or neighborhood connection