Birdhouse in Paradise

William Mellenthin Builder

Legendary Builder and Contractor of San Fernando Valley Birdhouse Ranch Homes


1953 birdhouse

“As a San Fernando Valley builder after the war, Mellenthin kept pace with the democratizing influence of the Ranch House. The dovecote, or bird house, he incorporated prominently into gables facing the public street reinforced the straight-shooting, unpretentious utilitarianism and friendly rural values that the suburbs — and their builders, developers, and architects — clamored to reflect.”

Alan Hess, architect, author, lecturer and advocate for twentieth-century architectural preservation

If you grew up in the San Fernando Valley, you probably knew someone who lived in a Mellenthin home.