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National Register of Historic Places Program
Weekly Highlight: Steel Development House No. 2
Riverside County, California

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.


[photo] of highlighted property

Steel Development House Number 2 is one of seven all-steel homes-all clustered in the same neighborhood-created by the architectural team of Donald Wexler and Ric Harrison, the structural engineer Bernard Perlin, and the builder Alexander Construction Company. The house is primarily composed of steel and glass on a concrete foundation with no structural wood and represents a unique synthesis of off-site prefabrication and on-site assembly. The house exemplifies simple yet elegant concepts in midcentury modern design plus the novel use of steel construction, demonstrating the possibilities for rapidly-assembled and affordable homes for the middle class that were designed to withstand the harsh desert environment. The property has excellent integrity in all aspects, and appears much as it did as built.

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