The California Garden Apartment

After threatening to do so for many years, I am finally finishing my essay on the California Garden Apartment of the 1960s, a building type that is known by many observers of the L.A. scene (and by devotees of Reyner Banham) as the “Dingbat.”

Above is a picture taken by Scott Bonds, circa 1963, of the courtyard of his garden apartment built at 1201 Lexington Street in Albany, California.  Bonds built many impressive California Garden Apartments in the East Bay in the 1950s and 60s.  They were high-quality constructions and many of them continue to be successfully rented today.


  1. This is a topic that is close to my heart… Best wishes!
    Where are your contact details though?

  2. Thank you! You can always find me at elihu.rubin (at)

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