Check out this (partial) reprint from the Oct. 20, 2005 edition of the L.A. Times:
L.A.'S ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE | FOURTH IN A SERIES
The once and future ranch
By Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
"The postwar icon is wooing a new generation. Yes, your folks' house is cool again.
"ITS low-slung frame sprawled across plains and valleys of a more open landscape. The single-story footprint didn't boast, or point skyward like the self-assured colonial or Victorian. It offered a comfortable relationship with the climate and surrounding flora, and a democratic, open floor plan; it didn't section off areas into servants quarters or announce visitors in grand foyers. It was modern without being Space Age, modest without being plain, evoking history without being mere nostalgia.
"If a style of residential architecture can symbolize an era, the ranch house became the iconic American home in the period from roughly 1945 to 1970: By some estimates, 70% of American homes built in the 25 years after World War II were ranch houses....
The entire article can be read at:
http://www.latimes.com/features/home/la ... -home-home
Thanks, Scott, for a job well done!