Julia Baum captures the “vibrant display of personality” in cookie-cutter tract houses — 50 years later


Take a neighborhood full of cookie-cutter tract houses …  let their owners fuss with them … and 50 years later photographer Julia Baum finds that they have been “transformed from modest white cubes into a vibrant display of personality and present a rebellion against conformity….human individuality cannot be contained. Inevitably it shines through even the most average facade.” I love her study, which demonstrates again that their is so much to love about our jewel box mid-century homes. No matter how small, the opportunity is there to make them our own.  Read more about Julia’s project and see her slide show of 13 same-yet-different homes here.

  1. Carol says:

    If I am not mistaken, many of these homes have been on various HGTV programs; Design to Sell, etc…………

  2. Retro Junkie says:

    A few have very nice landscaping that makes them look quite upscale. But a couple look a though the bushes, and ivy have taken on a life of their own. But that is what makes them stand out to be unique! Who wants a home that looks just like 25 of your closest neighbors?

  3. pam kueber says:

    Richard, you are SO right. I didn’t realize I was missing that and am now definitely on the hunt!

  4. Tikimama says:

    I agree with JAVA – we do the same thing, don’t we?! It’s so much fun to hunt down the time capsules (which I prefer), and fascinating to see what people have done (or let happen) to their homes over the years.

  5. Joselle says:

    That’s the same model as my 1950 tract house in Sherman Oaks. They are early Trousdale homes! It’s a delight to walk around the ‘hood and see the different takes on a theme. Nice work, Julia!

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