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California Arts & Architecture was formed in 1929 by a merger of Pacific Coast Architect, established 1911, and California Southland, established 1918.  By 1933 the Depression reduced it to 30 pages and subsequetly into bankruptcy when John Entenza bought it in 1938. Under Entenza's editorship, California Arts & Architecture changed to an avant-garde magazine publishing low-cost houses rich with social concern. California was dropped permanently from the cover and masthead in 1944. 

Over time, Arts and Architecture was best known for a 20-year-long program called the Case Study Houses. David Travers took over as editor from John Entenza in 1962. The magazine ended, for a time, in 1967.  There was a revival 1981-1985 and then it closed for good. A+A was one of architecture's most cherished publications. Click a link to view a magazine in PDF format.  In Windows, right-click to save and download.  The magazine files are large.  Depending on connection speed, access may take a few minutes.



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