Joseph Eichler was a pioneering developer of residential suburbs whose socially conscious ethic progressive planning, and elegant modern design for moderately priced housing in California still serves as a standard for housing developments today. Defying conventional building industry wisdom by hiring a group of progressive architects to plan subdivisions and design reasonably priced homes, Eichler provided more than 11,000 residences that helped meet the dramatic need for post-World War II housing with extraordinary commodity and style.
Through the 1950s and sixties, Eichler Homes gained national and international acclaim for its innovative yet affordable features. Eichler and his architects improved family living when they initiated flexible open planning and built-in furnishings that reformed traditional rooms. The kitchen opened onto a "multipurpose room" (the forerunner of today's great room); the living and dining rooms were combined, and often used to separate the children's rooms from the parents' room; and a central atrium brought the ambient joys of the Californian climate inside while expanding interior vistas.
Eichler's social conscience inspired him to confront prevailing business and political trends that promoted racism and discouraged creative land use. His subdivisions, recalling the planning ideas of Clarence Stein, were based on village concepts, and he publicly declared a policy of nondiscrimination.
Fifties-era photographs capture the now-classic style that introduced middle-class families to a modern way of life. Popular today, as they were then, the Eichler homes represent a legacy of design integrity and demonstrate a level of quality for residential development that remains unparalleled in the history of American building.
The book is worth putting on your coffee table. The quality of the pictures is amazing. They are taken by Ernie Braun who was the official photographer for the company. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marin Q
This is a beautifully produced book that would appeal to architects or architectural historians but also to any person interested in design in the 1950s and 1960s. Read morePublished 5 months ago by I. Innes
Eichler homes were ahead of their time... quite an inspiration for true indoor and outdoor living.
Enjoy! What true genius!
This is a wonderful book on Eichler homes. Very informative with lots of photos. Makes a very good coffee table book to display in our living room.Published 14 months ago by Carmina Chun
If you own an Eichler, great book to help understand why this type of home, is enduring!Published on March 10, 2010 by Richard Spielberg
Great photos and stories about Eichler and his architecture. A bit pricey, but a nice hardcover book usually is.Published on December 22, 2009 by Dan Gushue