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Architect for Woodland West Tract?

Posted: Wed May 31, 2006 12:15 pm
by ann16

Well

Posted: Wed May 31, 2006 1:00 pm
by modfan
do a search on here with the terms Woodland West-there have been some discussions here, but this is the first mention of an architect.

Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 8:46 am
by streinen
Dubois is a name of one of the streets in Woodland West--perhaps in homage to the architect? I'd love to find out--I live on Dubois and searched fruitlessly for information on the architects of WW.

Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 8:50 am
by streinen
Actually, I did find out that the name of the builder was Don Ja Ran Construction, so it seems possible that Dubois could be the name of the architect.

Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 9:49 am
by nichols
Image
Woodland West Homes, 1961
Builder: Don-Ja-Ran Construction Co., Inc. (J. George Wright, president) and Peerless Building Corp. (Melvin Hirsh, President)
Architect: Charles E. Dubois, AIA



Other Dubois projects include:

Model Home, 1939 5264 Maymount Dr., Windsor Hills
Hollywood Riviera Estates, 1954 (Palos Verdes Blvd. and Elena)
Compton Estates, 1954 (Olive and Central)
Santa Anita Estates, 1955 (Sierra Madre north of San Carlos, Arcadia)


AND, it appears we missed him by about ten years

CHARLES E DUBOIS 09 Apr 1903 29 Dec 1996 95020 (Gilroy, Santa Clara, CA)

Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 11:46 am
by Tony

Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 11:53 am
by Futura Girl

Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 1:09 pm
by streinen
Wow! This is incredible, thanks so much! Nichols, where'd you get that logo? Do you have a sales brochure?

Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 2:09 pm
by nichols
They ran one ad in the LA Times in 1964. It came from there... I cleaned it up a little. Glad to be of service.

Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 2:23 pm
by streinen
Very cool, thanks so much. May I ask how you came across that ad? I would love to track it down myself and get a scan of the image.

Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 2:40 pm
by nichols
Their archive is online and available through the Los Angeles Public Library

Posted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 1:05 pm
by streinen
Thanks again. The archive is fascinating--the effort to index the text of everything, especially image/display ads, must have been monumental. Very cool.

Woodland West

Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2006 4:56 pm
by Teresa and Ruby
Hi! I'm so glad to see there are other Woodland West fans out there! I'm a real estate agent and I LOVE the Woodland West houses.

I have a photo copy of an original brochure from 1959 detailing several of the floorplans. It's got some neat illustrations and copy in it. I'd be happy to share copies of it if folks are interested. Just drop me a line...

- Teresa

Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 8:55 am
by nichols
More info on architect Charles DuBois

Born: Rochester, NY April 9, 1903

Education:

Glendale (CA) High School 1918-1921
UCLA 1921-22
MIT (intermittently) 1922-30

Draftsman: Walker & Eisen, 1922-1931
Draftsman: Gogerty & Weyl, 1926-29
Draftsman: Horatio W. Bishop, 1929

Organized own firm 1938
Joined AIA: 1946

He lived at 4905 Rupert Ave., Encino (1956)

His office was located at 17057 Ventura Blvd., Encino (1962)

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 8:59 pm
by nichols

Posted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 8:13 am
by Tony
Mr. Nichols,

Even better:

Charles Elwyn Du Bois
License #C320, issued 4-11-39, expired 4-30-93

Tony

Posted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 4:16 pm
by streinen
Thanks to the work of Mr. Nichols, a tip from Modfan and many hours in the LA Times archive, I managed to do a little more research on Mr. Dubois. I will post this info when I get a chance, but what I found is that he designed a dozen or so tracts throughout Southern California, as well as some multi-unit housing developments. I found no record of any commercial projects. Hopefully someone with more know-how finds Dubois interesting enough to dig deeper.

I have taken some pictures of some of his work, and borrowed a few as well, to create this slideshow. I am not done with this project, but since this topic has resurfaced, I figured this was a good time to share the slides:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/23228536@N ... 6141/show/

Re: Architect for Woodland West Tract?

Posted: Mon May 22, 2017 11:37 am
by CharlesDuboisAdmin
Hello group! I know this group has been silent for a while... okay... a decade... but if anyone is still checking in, the discussion is still alive and thriving now on Facebook and Instagram groups dedicated to Charles Du Bois - the architect of those homes (as well as his designs in Tarzana, Palm Springs and elsewhere!).

The Instagram page is curated with photos and background behind Du Bois, while the Facebook page is more of a community where anyone can join in! Links to both groups are below!

I love going through this board and find it great to see so many neighbors and enthusiasts engaged!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1292551560756798/

https://www.instagram.com/charles_dubois_mcm_homes/