Challenge #11: Thank You for Your Years of Service; Now, Goodbye | Los Angeles Conservancy
Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

There is a perception that many Modernist and recent past places are obsolete and were not intended to last for generations, in terms of materials and in meeting the current needs of people.

Size is a good example. Most mid-century homes are considered very small by today’s standards. The American house has increased 138 percent since the 1950s, when the average size was 1,000 square feet.

Consistently house size has been growing despite an average family size that is now smaller than in the 1950s. In an encouraging sign, new houses are starting to shed some of their bloat, with the average size of an American house now decreasing for the first time in decades.

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