THE WESTLAKE BOOK

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Little Boxes: The Architecture of a Classic Midcentury Suburb is a fascinating journey through Daly City's historic Westlake district. This 144-page color hardcover book includes:

• A profile of Henry Doelger– the developer of Westlake who dropped out of school in eighth grade but went on to become America’s largest homebuilder

• The work of Mario Ciampi, the world-renowned architect who gained acclaim for his space-age Westlake schools

• The meticulous planning process that made Westlake a complete city within a city– one that offered all the modern suburban conveniences.

• The innovative mass production techniques that made it possible to build a house for about $9,000 that was comfortable, stylish, and practically indestructible

• How the architectural style of Westlake’s homes was applied to larger buildings like restaurants, stores, and apartments, resulting in a remarkably modern and consistent neighborhood aesthetic

• Westlake’s successes and failures in delivering the American dream to San Francisco’s postwar population.

Little Boxes presents a wide range of new and vintage material including:

• Insightful text based on a dozen new interviews with original Westlake architects and others who shaped the neighborhood as it was being built.

• Over 60 new full-page full-color photos of Westlake’s architecture

• Over 50 vintage photos of the neighborhood under construction and during its early years

• Floor plans, maps, and original ads for Westlake’s homes

Little Boxes has been featured in The San Francisco Examiner, The San Mateo County Times, The Contra Costa Times, The Pacifica Tribune, 7x7 Magazine, Readymade Magazine, CA Modern, Atomic Ranch Magazine, Modernism Magazine, and San Francisco Magazine. The San Francisco Chronicle named Little Boxes one of the best books of the 2006 holiday season. Graphic Design USA Magazine honored the book in their 2007 annual design awards competition.

Little Boxes is a satisfying visual history of architecture, suburban development, and the postwar period. It's also a great souvenir for past and present Westlake residents.

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