Pacific's Book of Homes Trade Catalog - 1925
Butte, William P and Berne S. Barker. PACIFIC'S BOOK OF HOMES. Volume 25. (title page) PACIFIC'S BOOK OF HOMES. A NOTABLE EXHIBITION OF CALIFORNIA ARCHITECTURE.. Los Angeles, CA: Pacific Ready-Cut Homes, Inc., 1330 South Hill St., 1925. 4to. 160 pp. With 100s of black & white text illustrations, diagrams, nearly 100 blueprint floor plans & diagrams. VG cond. First edition, thus, of this lavishly illustrated architectural catalogue for the famed Southern California manufacturer of ready-to-assemble homes, which from 1908 to 1940 sold nearly 40,000 homes based on 1800 plans across the West. These well-designed California bungalows replaced the fancy Victorians in many western neighborhoods, and although most of the homes were one story, they also sold schools, gas stations, duplexes, bungalow court apartments, hotels, and office buildings. This catalogue also lists plumbing, sashes, doors, mantels, cabinets, trim, water heaters, and more, with total cost ranging from $ 600.00 to $ 25,000. In 1922, Pacific Ready-Cut built a dozen model homes at South Hill Street near Pico Boulevard, and would receive over 80,000 potential customers viewing them. Hundreds of these homes still dot Pomona, Pasadena, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Claremont, Glendale, South Central Los Angeles, and many other regional neighborhoods. See: Carolyn Flynn, Pacific Ready-Cut Homes; Mass-Produced Bungalows in Los Angeles, 1908-1942; Pollard-Terry, 12,000 Easy Pieces, Was Your ‘20s House Built From a Kit? (2006), Los Angeles Times; Latker, Pacific Ready Cut Kit Homes (2007).