Between 1945 and 1965, more than thirteen million houses—most of them in new ranch and split-level styles—were constructed on large expanses of land outside city centers, providing homes for the country’s rapidly expanding population. Focusing on twelve developments in the suburbs of Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Los Angeles, Barbara Miller Lane tells the story of the collaborations between builders and buyers, showing how both wanted houses and communities that espoused a modern way of life—informal, democratic, multiethnic, and devoted to improving the lives of their children. The resulting houses differed dramatically from both the European International Style and older forms of American domestic architecture.
Based on a decade of original research, and accompanied by hundreds of historical images, plans, and maps, this book presents an entirely new interpretation of the American suburb. The result is a fascinating history of houses and developments that continue to shape how tens of millions of Americans live.
Featured housing developments in Houses for a New World:
- Governor Francis Farms (Warwick, RI)
- Wethersfield (Natick, MA)
- Brookfield (Brockton, MA)
- Greenview Estates (Arlington Heights, IL)
- Elk Grove Village
- Rolling Meadows
- Weathersfield at Schaumburg
Los Angeles and Orange County area:
- Cinderella Homes (Anaheim, CA)
- Panorama City (Los Angeles)
- Rossmoor (Los Alamitos, CA)
- Lawrence Park (Broomall, PA)
- Rose Tree Woods (Broomall, PA)
Professor Emeritus Barbara Miller Lane came to Bryn Mawr in the fall of 1962 to teach history. In 1971, she helped to found the Growth and Structure of Cities Program, and served as its director from 1971-1989, and again in 1996-97. Within the Cities Program, she introduced courses in the history of urban form and the history of modern architecture. Since her retirement from full-time teaching in 1999, she has returned to teach advanced undergraduate and graduate seminars on such subjects as "Medievalism and Modern Architecture," "The Bauhaus and Weimar Culture," and "Housing and Dwelling: Perspectives on Modern Domestic Architecture."