Discover Historic, Midcentury Modern Homes In May with Preserve Orange County

Eichler and Preservation Joseph Eichler developed modernist housing in Northern and Southern California beginning in the 1940s and engaged some of the era’s finest architects. From 1960 to 1964 Anshen and Allen, Claude Oakland, and Jones & Emmons designed Eichler’s largest tracts in the city of Orange, in Orange County. They were named Fairhaven, Fairmeadow, and Fairhills, and in 2018 the tracts became local historic districts. District status provides protection for these unique houses and distinctive neighborhoods. It also provides an opportunity for future generations to experience a mid-20th century architectural vision.

Tour Weekend May 18- 19 For one weekend in May, Preserve Orange County- in partnership with Eichler Living SoCal- is celebrating this preservation milestone with the general public. Armed with a tour booklet, visitors will take a self-guided tour and see houses in each of the three tracts. Some of the houses are fully restored, others are preserved with original material. All the houses feature hallmarks of midcentury design including atriums, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a layout that blurs the line between indoor and outdoor living. Tickets will go on sale on this website on January 16th, 2019. Click here to sign up for an alert.

Plus Family Activities and a Cocktail Party The weekend also features child-friendly activities on Sunday, May 19th, provided by non-profit, MaxLove Project. And if you’d like to learn more about Eichler Homes and Orange County at mid-century, join us for a nerdy pairing of panel discussion and cocktail reception on the evening of Saturday, May 18th, rounded out by good food and music. Money raised at the reception will go to the advocacy fund of Preserve Orange County.

Sponsorship Opportunities Promote your service or product at this unique event. For more information, please call 949-482-0125 or email preserveoc@gmail.com.

Volunteer Opportunities If you love architecture and believe in the value of historic preservation, help us make this event a big success. Click here to volunteer.


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Examples of Eichler houses in Orange, California. Photographs courtesy of Kelly Laule, Better Living SoCal.