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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

6/9 Walking Tour of William Mellenthin Homes - Sherman Oaks

Please join us for a fun morning on June 9th as we explore beyond the book and physically view and discuss the homes of builder William Mellenthin.

Docent and author: Chris Lukather
Saturday, June 9, 2018
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
$10/pp - RSVP in advance on Eventbrite (okay to show up on 6/9, but we would like to know you are attending- send us an email at

Docent and Author Chris Lukather will take attendees on a fun and educational walk through a Sherman Oaks neighborhood that has a cluster of southern California builder William Mellenthin’s ranch style “Birdhouse” homes. 

Cost: $10/pp; PLEASE RSVP and pay in advance via EventBrite.  Walk-in attendees welcome, but we would appreciate advance notice by calling 818-347-9665 or and let us know you will be attending.

At the end of the walk, we will enter one of the homes for a more in-depth discussion and an opportunity for Chris to offer for purchase and he will sign copies of his book. Cost of the book is $30.  He spent three years researching in order to create this terrific book. A portion of proceeds will benefit The Museum.

In the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s housing developments began peppering the available land outside of Los Angeles. Affordable, family-friendly communities like the San Fernando Valley initiated an exodus to the suburbs. 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.

Directions to the walking tour:
Meet at corner of Addison St. & Ethel Ave. in Sherman Oaks at 9:55 am
Park at north end of Riverside Elementary School on Ethel Ave. & Huston St. (just two blocks south)

Google Map - click HERE:    Tel: 818-347-9665   

The Museum’s blog:

Invite a family member or friend to join this Saturday!

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