Organization's First Historic Architecture Tour: the Eichler Home Tour

In December 2018, on the heels of the City of Orange’s decision to landmark the three “Eichler” tracts as local historic districts, Preserve Orange County announced the Eichler Home Tour. During the weekend of May 18- 19, seven houses are on view in this self-guided tour of the 1960s-era Orange Eichlers. See how simple, readily available materials were combined with high style design to maximum effect.

Joseph Eichler and Eichler Homes built over 17,000 houses in California beginning in the late 1940s. Between 1960 and 1964, the three neighborhoods of Fairhaven, Fairhills and Fairmeadow were developed in Orange. The 350 houses that make up the tracts were designed by architects Jones & Emmons, Anshen & Allen, and Claude Oakland in what we now call the Midcentury Modern style. The houses were built with a middle income market in mind but stood out for their non-traditional features.

Sponsors of the event include real estate firms, Better Living SoCal and SoCal Modern Group; historic resources consulting firm, Page & Turnbull; home furnishings retailer, Modernica; brewery, Chapman Crafted Beer; and restaurants, Provisions and Haven.

Event partners are the American Institute of Architects-Orange County, Docomomo USA-Southern California, and the MaxLove Project.

To purchase tickets or for more information about the tour, please click here.

Krista Nicholds