At their November 13 meeting, the Orange City Council approved the Historic District designations of the three Eichler neighborhoods in the City of Orange. The new Historic Districts, Fairhaven, Fairhills, and Fairmeadow, are home to over 300 well-preserved examples of mid-century Modern home design as exemplified by the developer Joseph Eichler in the 1960s. The Council also approved the Orange Eichler Design Standards, which will act as a guide to preserve and protect the three neighborhoods.The grassroots movement to preserve the Orange Eichler tracts was led by the homeowners in those neighborhoods. Over the past several years, they have been working with the City’s Community Development Department Planning Division to make their dream a reality. The vote by the City Council not only ensures that the Eichler neighborhoods will be protected, it also creates the first Historic Districts in Orange outside of the City’s Old Towne.
When Joseph Eichler began to build houses in the San Francisco Bay area in the late 1940s, he insisted on Modern architectural design built affordably for the professional middle class. The homes feature walls that line the backyard and atrium, emphasizing indoor-outdoor living in a California Modern style. Their unique designs quickly became popular, and in the 1960s Orange became the location for the largest number of Eichler homes built in southern California.
The City of Orange is passionate about preserving its community history, and is home to one of the largest historic districts in California. The Orange Plaza was established in 1871, and in 2018, the American Planning Association designated the Old Towne Plaza as one of the “Great Places in America.”
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