1920s Doorbell Designs from Los Angeles

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The Earle Hardware Manufacturing Company of Los Angeles made a variety of decorative elements from hinges to door handles to window fasteners in the Spanish Colonial and American Colonial styles for architects such… Continue reading

The Exotic Possibilities of Landscape Design in 1930s California

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One of the most famous plant nurseries in California in the early 20th century was Armstrong Nurseries.  Started in 1889 in Ontario, California, it continued to be locally owned by the Armstrong family… Continue reading

Lindstrom House by Cliff May in 1934

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In 1934, Architectural Digest included the Lindstrom House by Cliff May, which helped him gain regional attention as a significant designer (he was not a licensed architect). This issue (volume 9, number 1)… Continue reading

A Brick and Stone Entry Walk Doubles as a Driveway

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In Charleston, South Carolina, I spotted this newly installed brick entry walk trimmed and accented with stone–that doubles as a driveway.  In Charleston, many houses are turned on their lots so that the… Continue reading

Cobblestone Streets in Charleston

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In Charleston, South Carolina, one street is preserved with its cobblestone surface–a block-long stretch of Chalmers Street in downtown in the historic district.  Walking or driving on this streets gives you the feeling… Continue reading