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My MCM's Architect

Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 3:25 pm
by diyer
For those w/ some knowledge of SFV history, I'm trying to figure out who designed my MCM. I'm on ElCaballero Dr in Tarzana....most homes in my neighborhood are traditional, but I've seen at least 3 nearby that (from the ext) look very similar to mine (u-shaped w/ atrium entrance). Built in the early 60s. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 3:34 pm
by jesgord
Your local Department of Buildings might have original plans on file.

Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:30 pm
by nichols
Go here and request the original building permit. It will take about 30 minutes and cost less than $5. But you have to go M-F, 9-5.

City of Los Angeles: Van Nuys Field Office
www.lacity.org
6240 Sylmar Ave
Los Angeles, CA 91401
(818) 778-4990


There's a nice modern number at 4600 El Caballero that was built in 1961. That would be a good year to check in the permits. Hopefully the architects marked their name on that original permit and we can get you their bio.

Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 7:00 pm
by nichols
Hmm, perhaps you live in a late phase of CABALLERO HILLS.
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Posted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:18 am
by diyer

Posted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 11:12 am
by nichols
If it is indeed Caballero Hills, the "designer-builder" was Willard Woodrow.
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Posted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 2:34 pm
by diyer

Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:27 pm
by nichols
Home styles in the Caballero Hills tract are described as "Hawaiian," "Pacifico," "Japanese," "Traditional" and "Contemporary." A lot of the original architects I've talked to say how impossible it was to get a bank loan when you were presenting nontraditional styles.

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Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 2:17 pm
by diyer

Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 2:53 pm
by nichols

Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:24 pm
by egads
Interesting about what the architects said. I have heard this before. It seems that modern didn't really fall out of style or even fail to catch on. Rather lenders had no imagination. Or taste. They are still at it based on the Taco Bell tracts currently being built. They are full of useless rooms just because lenders feel they are needed for "value"