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Friday, October 18, 2019

Magical Cinderella Ranch Homes of 1950s - Chris Lukather’s new book - The Museum SFV Speaker Series

Chris Lukather’s New Book Examines Life and Work of Jean Vandruff, the Designer and Builder of the Magical Cinderella Ranch Homes of 1950s

When: 11/2/19 

Time: 2:00-4:00 pm

Cost: $10/pp

The Museum SFV members - Free

Location: Rancho Cordillera del Norte located at 9015 Wilbur Ave.  (This is directly across the street of The Museum SFV).

Before Disneyland opened in Southern California, Jean Vandruff Created Iconic Fairytale Homes

Chris Lukather, founder and editor of the literary journal, The Writing Disorder, has released his latest book, The Cinderella Homes of Jean Vandruff – Fairy Tale Tracts in the Suburbs. 

In the 1950s, Southern California tract housing developments filled the need of a burgeoning population, but they often lacked innovation, imagination and quality. The ubiquitous, plain box-style home tracts featuring little ornamentation came to define the term “cookie cutter.” It’s no wonder that designer and builder Jean Vandruff’s charming homes skyrocketed to popularity, since they exemplified a visionary translation of storybook magic into appealing new homes most buyers could afford. Eventually, over 6,000 Cinderella Homes were built throughout Southern California and the United States. 

Mr. Vandruff began building houses in Southern California in the early 1950s, after serving as a decorated pilot in WWII. He enrolled in the USC School of Architecture, but eventually left the program to build custom homes with his brother, Shannon. His first Cinderella Home was a custom home built in Downey, CA, in 1953, creating a prototype for his wildly popular model home that was featured at the 1956 Los Angeles Home Show. The success and interest this model generated initiated his venture into tract home building and a subsequent franchise deal that facilitated his Cinderella Homes being built around the country. The style became an iconic mid-century design.

Today at 97 years old, Jean Vandruff still lives near Anaheim, CA. He is proud of the legacy of his work as a designer and builder and remains active in the community that still today celebrates his Cinderella homes. The book contains information that Chris Lukather compiled from interviews with Vandruff and family members, and from several fields trips to original Cinderella tracts in Anaheim, Tustin, Placentia, and the San Fernando Valley that Chris took with Mr. Vandruff. 

Please join us at the historic and beautiful Rancho Cordillera del Norte located at 9015 Wilbur Ave.  (This is directly across the street of The Museum SFV).

Author Chris Lukather will be signing copies of his latest book. The book costs $30 each and a portion of proceeds will benefit The Museum of the SFV.

Free parking - enter on Wilbur Ave.

Please RSVP in advance on FaceBook Events or EVENTBRITE.

Okay to walk up to event, but please call The Museum at 818-347-9665 or email to to RSVP total attendees.

Please bring a family member or friend ... or two.

If you currently live in or have lived in a  Cinderella home, we would be interested interviewing you as well discussing participating in upcoming walking tours of these iconic neighborhoods.

For more information, please contact Michel (Michael) Stevens at 818-347-9665 or

Thank you.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Join us - Granada Hills Street Faire on Saturday, October 5, 2019

Please come on out to the Granada Hills Street Faire on Saturday, October 5, 2019.

FREE event -10:00 - 5:00 pm

The street will be blocked off on Chatsworth Street from Zelzah Ave. to White Oak Ave.

The Museum SFV will have a booth - come on over and let's chat about the History, Art and Culture of the Valley.

Learn more about The Museum SFV, its exhibits, programs and how to become a member, donor or volunteer.

10-19-19 FREE* Family Fun Day - Ice Cream Social - Speaker - Food Truck - Games



Bring out the family out for a fun day at The Museum SFV.

When:   Saturday, October 19, 2019

Time:   11:00 am – 3:00 pm 

Cost:  FREE Event*

Parking: Free Parking (some in parking lot; other free non-metered street parking)

18860 Nordhoff St. – Northridge, CA 91324 

(Cross Street SE Corner of Wilbur Ave. & Nordhoff St.)
Parking in lot and street parking (non-metered);

The Museum is on Nordhoff half way between CSUN and Northridge Fashion Center.

Please provide FREE RSVP on EVENTBRITE, email us at or contact us 818-347-9665 to let us know how many people are coming.

Bring the family out for FREE Ice Cream from famous Handel’s Ice Cream** ( **FREE Ice Cream, first 200 people (maybe more!)

Arts & Crafts; Games for kids!

The famous The Grilled Cheese Food Truck (*charges for food); order and enjoy your favorite items from this very popular food truck first then you can have a scoop of ice cream. The food truck will be on site from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm.

Special Presentation
"First People of the San Fernando Valley"
Rudy Ortega, Jr.
Tribal President
Fernande├▒io Tataviam Band of Mission Indians

 (Noon - 1:30 pm; outside or inside The Museum based on weather)

Small Car Show

Grey Save Greyhound Adopt-A-Pet - come out and visit with some Greyhound dogs and...maybe take one home with you!

California E-Waste will be on hand to collect all of your unwanted electronic equipment

Please your unwanted electronic waste to The Museum SFV event. 
Cal E-Waste accepts the following:
1. Televisions
2. Plasma TVs
3. Flat Screens
4. Computers
5. Laptops
6. Cell Phones
7. Printers
8. LCD Screens
9. Servers
10. All computer related electronic.

Cal E-Waste DOES NOT accept the following:
1. Batteries
2. Light Bulbs
3. Oils/Paints
4. Kitchen Electronics

10-27-19 Historic Walking Tour of Van Nuys - 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

Historic walking tour of Van Nuys
2:00- 3:30 pm
RSVP in advance (appreciated) on EVENTBRITE.
Okay to pay on site

Learn about the origin of the Daily News and the company which was a nationwide maker of silent movie theatre organs. Who were Hobart Johnstone Whitley, Wayne E. Bechtelheimer and Whitley Van Nuys Huffaker? Relive "Wednesday Nights on Van Nuys Boulevard." We will have historic photographs and stories to share as we wander this surprisingly historic San Fernando Valley treasure. Tour highlights include:

•    Van Nuys Bungalow         
•    Women’s Club
•    Old Van Nuys Library (1927)     
•    United Methodist Church
•    Municipal Building Fa├žade     
•    Van Nuys Post Office
•    Van Nuys Fire Station
•    Abeles Map             
•    Fernando Statue, Crystal Plunge
•    Bob’s Big Boy, Busch Gardens     
•    Lankershim, Van Nuys, Whitsett, Whitley

The development entity known as The Syndicate began the process in 1910, but William Paul Whitsett saw it through to the end. Originally a barley field, Van Nuys became a prosperous center of City Government, agriculture and industry. Come explore what remains to be appreciated: original 1911 buildings hidden beneath modern facades, first churches, a civic center with many special revelations, one of the main hubs of social and official activity, the Women's Club building, Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monuments #201, #202, and #911, and National Register of Historic Places Monument #2509.

Please RSVP and pay in advance with:                                        
EVENTBRITE - Search under: Van Nuys Historic Walking Tour  (Okay to walk-up and pay)
Cost:        $10 per person donation; Also, please visit
Parking:    Street & metered parking in area

RSVP:     1-818-347-9665, email at

Please consider inviting a family member, colleague or friend.

Attendees will meet at 1:50 pm under the "Bridge/Archway" of the Braude Constituent Center, 6262 Van Nuys