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California's Kit Homes: A Reprint of the 1925 Pacific Ready-Cut Homes Catalog

Rosemary Thornton

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ISBN 10: 0971558833 / ISBN 13: 9780971558830
Published by Gentle Beam Publications 2004-10, 2004
Condition: good Soft cover
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Title: California's Kit Homes: A Reprint of the ...

Publisher: Gentle Beam Publications 2004-10

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:good

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California's Kit Homes is a reprint of the 1925 Pacific Ready-Cut Homes catalog and includes a 15-page introduction written by Rosemary Thornton (author, The Houses That Sears Built and Finding The Houses That Sears Built) and Dale Patrick Wolicki (author, The Historic Architecture of Bay City, Michigan).

Between 1908-1940, Pacific Ready Cut Homes sold about 37,000 kit homes throughout California and neighboring states. This is a high quality reprint of their 160-page catalog and contains a plethora of historical information about this Los Angeles-based company.


- Beautiful, high quality photos of period kitchens, baths and living areas
- Photos and floor plans of more than 100 housing styles offered in 1925
- Vintage photos of the Pacific Homes factory and grounds
- Pictures of California neighborhoods built with Pacific Homes
- Fascinating history and background of Pacific Ready Cut Homes

Plus: The introduction includes "Seven Tips for Finding and Identifying Pacific Homes."

With more than 100 housing styles featured in this impressive catalog, you'll find California's Kit Homes to be one of those books that you'll want to read again and again!

About the Author:

About Rosemary Thornton: Since the publication of Rose's first book on kit homes (The Houses That Sears Built), she has appeared on PBS's History Detectives, CBS's Sunday Morning News, A&E's Biography and WGN News. Rose and her book have been featured in the Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, L. A. Times, Dallas Morning News, The Washington Post, Old House Journal and about 100 other publications. Her other titles include Finding The Houses That Sears Built (Gentle Beam Publications, 2004).

About Dale Patrick Wolicki: A noted authority on mail-order homes from Bay City companies, Aladdin, Lewis-Liberty and Sterling, Dale is a volunteer with the Bay County Historical Society (Bay City, Michigan), promoting the preservation of local sites and structures as Architectural Historian. He received his Bachelors of Architecture from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan. Author of The Historic Architecture of Bay City, Michigan, his work has been featured in numerous books and magazines.

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