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