Dingbats

When I first moved to LA, we moved into an apartment building in the valley. I found all of the apartment buildings in the valley so quirky and interesting. Very minimal midcentury designs, inexpensive but pretty. I later found out they’re called dingbats…

. ..[Dingbats] are normally a two-story walk-up apartment-block developed back over the full depth of the site, built of wood and stuccoed over. These are the materials that Rudolf Schindler and others used to build the first modern architecture in Los Angeles, and the dingbat, left to its own devices, often exhibits the basic characteristics of a primitive modern architecture. Round the back, away from the public gaze, they display simple rectangular forms and flush smooth surfaces, skinny steel columns and simple boxed balconies, and extensive overhangs to shelter four or five cars…

I love LA’s Dingbats because they all seem to be related to each other. One building might have plaster stripes underneath it’s balcony while another might have the same exact plaster striping used a completely different way. At least half of them are adorned with sweet names in classic fonts and many have some kind of pretty stars hung on the front. We recently moved into the Pico Robertson area and it's full of them!