Houses for a New World: Builders and Buyers in American Suburbs, 1945–1965.

Lecture: Sunday, March 19th, 2:00pm

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.

Professor Barbara Miller Lane, Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus of Humanities and Professor Emeritus of History, is professor emeritus at Bryn Mawr College. She helped to found the Growth and Structure of Cities Program, and served as its director. Within the Cities Program, she introduced courses in the history of urban form and the history of modern architecture.

This event is arranged by the Philadelphia chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians DOCOMOCO.
Please enter through the east entrance of College Hall by Fisher Fine Arts.


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