BUILDERS' HOMES FOR BETTER LIVING
A. Quincy Jones, Frederick E. Emmons and John L. Chapman [Associate]: BUILDERS' HOMES FOR BETTER LIVING. New York: Reinhold Publishing Corporation, 1957. First Edition. Quarto. Gray cloth stamped in black. Photographically printed dust jacket. 220 pp. 207 photographs and illustrations. Tiny ink signature on front endpaper and faint, vintage tape marks to both sets of endpapers. Jacket very lightly worn with a couple of short, closed tears and faint chipping along top edge. Color cover photograph by Julius Shulman. A nearly fine copy in a very good or better dust jacket. A truly rare book authored by a pair of architects whose roles in the development of the postwar modern residential movement cannot be overstated.
8 x 10.75 hardcover book with 220 pages and 207 black and white photographs, illustrations, diagrams, plans, etc. Sketches By Rudy Veland. This book is dedicated to Joseph L. Eichler: "a truly progressive builder, whose untiring efforts have advanced greatly the concepts of todays' development houses, this book is respectfully dedicated."
Jones and Emmons began their association with Eichler when they designed the legendary X-100 prototype Eichler Home in San Mateo. From the Eichler network: "... As Joe Eichler was initiating his fledgling real estate development in the Highlands, the X-100 served as his promotional attraction to reel in crowds for his company's open houses. It was also a vehicle for showcasing new technology (such as steel construction, indoor gardens, and other custom elements) that was unique or unusual to the homebuilding industry. ...the X-100 opened its doors to a reported 150,000 curious visitors in late 1956, giving Eichler a surge of sales and renewed attention. National magazines, including Sunset, Living for Young Homemakers, and Arts & Architecture, joined in with coverage and pictorials. "
Here's the importance of Eichler to the authors: Eichler Homes are represented by 70 entries in the index.
The Research Village of Barrington, Illinois is also covered in detail. The Research Village was a building project of United States Gypsum, which sponsored six architects and builders to each design and build a single-family residence. Similar to John Entenza's Case Study program, Research Village was aimed more at middle-class America and first-time homeowners.
Along with Living Spaces by George Nelson, this is one of THE classic pictorial records of modern residential architecture in Post-war America. This book spotlights some of the lesser-known structures of the period, thus supplying a more unique perspective than similar volumes that tend to showcase the iconic residences. No Kaufmann Houses here -- just thoughtfully planned and brilliantly executed modern housing.
Architects whose work appear in this volume include: Ain, Day and johnson; Robert Alexander; Anshen and Allen; Harris Armstrong; Barienbrock and Murray; Bassetti and Morse; William Sutherland Beckett; Harold Bissner; Brooks and Coddington; Campbell and Wong; Chris Choate; Dan Dworsky; Craig Ellwood; O'Neil Ford; Seth McCallen Fulcher; Robert Harlan; A. Quincy Jones, Frederick E. Emmons and Associates; Jones, Emmons and Gruen; Jones, Emmons, Little and Nims; John Kewell; Keyes, Smith, Satterlee and Lethbridge; Paul Kirk; Pierre Koenig; John Lautner; Carl Louis Maston; Ludwig Mies van der Rohe; Richard Neutra; Eliot Noyes; Palmer and Krisel; Robert Price; Lucille Rapport; paul Rudolph; Smith and Williams; Smith, Jones and Contini; Soleri and Mills; Raphael Soriano; Hugh Stubbins; Twitchell and Rudolph; Eugene Weston, Jr.; and Harold Zook.
Excellent vintage contemporary interior photography by Ernest Braun; Heidrich-Blessing; A. Quincy Jones; Eliot Noyes; Rondal Partridge; julius Shulman; Ezra Stoller and others.
A sample spread from this volume can be viewed here.
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