"The recipe for the modernist apartment box is simple: place a cube on the urban grid + adjust height, width, + length to lot limits, zoning regulations, + pocketbook. Two- or three-story wood frame structures are typical...Baste with stucco + emphasize simple, rectangular forms... Decorate with stylistic flourishes + landscaping- names, jungle vegetation, Asian motifs, + tikis- + add a courtyard + pool. Surround the building with a parking lot or create a covered carport or underground garage. Set timer between 1955 + 1975, + build quickly + cheaply. Bake until fully occupied.......the rapid postwar growth of western American cities set the stage for a formative era in apartment-house construction + design. Southern California led the way."                                 - William Wyckoff  How To Read The American West - A Field Guide