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Eichler: Modernism Rebuilds the American Dream Hardcover – 25 Feb 2003

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs M. Smith Inc; 1 edition (25 Feb. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586851845
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586851842
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 2.4 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 783,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Atriums, household conveniences, and sleek styling made Eichler Homes a standard-bearer for bringing modern home design to middle-class America.

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Format: Hardcover
This is a stunning book with some outstanding photography. I came to this via a circuitous route in that many of the photographs included were apparently the inspiration for the Parr house design in Pixar's The Incredibles movie. That was my introduction to Eichler style design and I've been a fan ever since. At the time of writing this review the book is still available at its cover price from Eichler Network's online CA Modern Shop, although they apparently only have limited quantities remaining. So don't pay silly money unless you have too!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9565d0fc) out of 5 stars 27 reviews
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9565d2c4) out of 5 stars The Book on Eichler 14 Nov. 2006
By Tracie Ball - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Whether you have an interest in mid-century modern design, Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian architecture or just Eichler...this book is a terrifc buy. While content rich it is still visually appealing and can easily function as a "coffee table" book. This book also serves as a terrific "idea guide" for those in search of small spacce solutions and/or modern landscaping layouts that bring the "outdoors in."
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95a170fc) out of 5 stars Detail Rich 1 July 2009
By Voracious Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is filled with detailed descriptions of many aspects of Joseph Eichler and Eicher Homes. A marvelous array of photographs complement the engaging text.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95a44a38) out of 5 stars Style and substance do co-exist 24 Mar. 2014
By I. Innes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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. Of great interest are the many plans that show the evolution of Eichler's house models, and supported by superb photography of the houses at the time of their completion. What makes this book exceptional is the text which not only describes the houses and Eichler's business, but also analyses our understanding and feelings towards suburbia, the role of the architect in society, land economics and the financial pressures affecting subdivision and building costs which were a constant challenge to Eichler.
In these days of bloated giants, Eichler's houses also demonstrate the attractiveness of small, compact designs.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x956626c0) out of 5 stars Beautiful Book 10 Oct. 2012
By Caroline S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Joseph Eichler is known for his 1950's Atrium homes. This book has text and some floor plans, a great addition to my library.
HASH(0x95651d98) out of 5 stars This is a fantastic book if you are interested in the subject 22 Feb. 2016
By Marilyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Incredible historical information and many delightful pictures. I lived in Sunnyvale, CA growing up and many of my friends lived in Eichlers. If I were to build a house again, I would incorporate many of the elements of the Eichlers. This is a fantastic book if you are interested in the subject. It is large, heavy, and of high quality materials.
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