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The Cinderella Homes of Jean Vandruff: Fairy Tale Tracts in the Suburbs
by Chris Lukather; introduction by Jean Vandruff

Lukather expresses his passion for quirky and obscure California architectural styles with in-depth research, field work, and interviews. The follow-up to his book on Birdhouse ranch homes by William Mellenthin is on Jean Vandruff’s fanciful Cinderella Homes. At 97, Vandruff proved to be an informative, amiable interview and tour guide into “this long overdue revolution in home design trends,” as the designer states in the opening text. Coined “Cinderella Homes” after an offhand remark by Vandruff’s wife, Eleanor, while observing the first design, the mid-1950s marketing of the product stressed wishes coming true for suburban families. The exhaustive research, access to the Vandruff family and its archives, along with realtor and homeowner interviews pays off with a very personal look at an easily overlooked part of Southern California’s residential architectural history.

The Writing Disorder, 2019, 120 pages, softcover, $35

 

 

 

 
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