Smith and Williams: Blue Ribbon Construction Company tract housing (Northridge, Calif.)



The great variety of work in the Smith and Williams’s office mirrors the growth of Los Angeles, so it is not surprising that they designed more than 50 tract housing projects. One of the best is a small development of 13 houses in Northridge for the Blue Ribbon Construction Company. Smith and Williams sited the houses diagonally to increase privacy between adjacent houses and to provide longer vistas.

Explaining the thinking regarding the design of tract housing, Williams was quoted as saying, “The cost of land has made it impossible for the architect to think of designing a house as a space with four walls.”


Smith and Williams, architects
Julius Shulman, photographer


Smith & Williams records, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.




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