The Museum is pleased to have Chris Lukather, founder, and editor of the literary journal, The Writing Disorder, discuss and sign copies of his new book,A Birdhouse in Paradise: William Mellenthin and the San Fernando Valley Ranch Homes. In the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s housing developments began peppering the available land outside of Los Angeles. It was in the Valley that designer-builder William Mellenthin developed his singular brand of cozy, charming home which became known as the Mellenthin Birdhouse ranch home - so called because they featured a cupola or dovecote built prominently into the roof. With little information published about his life, Chris gathered information from original Mellenthin homeowners, articles, brochures, as well as the Mellenthin family to complete the book. This will be a fascinating, enjoyable conversation about an interesting part of development in the San Fernando Valley.