California Ranch

1 story
These long rectangular-shaped, single-story or split-level houses predominate in the suburbs of the late 1950s and 1960s. They have very low pitched or hipped roofs, which cover one- or two-car attached garages.  The ridge poles of these houses are parallel to the streets, and hence these houses requiring large, expensive lots. This style comes in simple, inexpensive and expensive forms, depending on the materials used, as the photos show:
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cutstone & cedar shake roof, Third Ward
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narrow red bricks, 
Third Ward


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large rectangular picture window, Third Ward


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pink and/or turquoise colored siding or trim is typical of the 1950s,
Third Ward

Most California Ranch houses have these features: 1 story
long, rectangular volumes
hipped roofs
ridge pole parallel to the street

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 low horizontal appearance, Third Ward
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almost flat roof, Third Ward
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1.5-story ranch with Greek Revival styling, Putnam Heights
Examine other versions of the Ranch style:
Ranch; L-Ranch, Two-Story Ranch,
Arts and Craft Ranch, Split-Level Ranch,
Big-Roof Ranch.
Created by Jason Coleman on 9 June 1997; last revised on 06 June 2008.