Joseph Leopold Eichler (June 25, 1900-July 1, 1974) was an American real estate developer from the post-war 20th century known for creating distinctive residential subdivisions in California for Mid-century modern style tract housing. He was one of the strong proponents of introducing modern architecture to general public entry, from custom homes and large corporate buildings. In the Greater San Francisco Bay Area and Greater Los Angeles, his business and inventions remain.
The clean, modern lines of the Eichler homes in this neighborhood are strengthened by underground utilities (and the resulting lack of overhead power lines). The features that modern Eichler enthusiasts are looking for, including post and beam construction, radiant floor heating, and a range of floor plans, are featured in many homes in this area.
Rancho del Diablo, built in the early 1960s, is an Eichler community of about fifty homes designed by Claude Oakland, A. Quincy Jones, and Frederick Emmons & Associates, featuring three of Eichler's most famous models. Many of these homes have been well maintained, maintaining their appeal throughout the mid-century. A smaller stretch of Eichler's homes is just around the corner from Rancho del Diablo, linked by West and Salem Avenues. South of West Street, between Clayton Road and Wilson Lane, two of the Eichler communities of Concord are situated. The third, along with Gainsborough, Barrington, and Merridan Drives, is south of Clayton Road, off Babel Street.
The Concord Historical Society, committed to preserving and sharing the past of Concord and the surrounding area, provides a Concord Historic Walking Tour to see the sights and discover this beautiful community. More on Builder Joseph Eichler here. Immerse yourself in the simplicity of the early California motif of Concord. In downtown Concord, you can see 28 historical places and learn the meaning of each one.
You will learn a lot about the town of Concord from the historical buildings highlighted on the tour, from the Todos Santos Plaza that was built in 1869 to the original County Fire Station.
See the beauty of the Catholic Church of the Queen of All Saints. In 1873, this historic church was first set up as part of a mission. In 1923, it became a parish, and in 1953, the modern building that stands today was completed and restored in 2009.
The church is also home to frequent weddings, baptisms, and funerals, apart from regular Mass. Visitors often stop by just to enjoy the architecture, and frequent youth activities are often held by the church.
This hidden gem in Concord, California is located near some other must-see places of interest:
- The Galindo Home
- Markham Nature Park & Arboretum
- Don Fernando Pacheco Adobe
- Salvio Pacheco Square
- Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial
- John Muir National Historic Site
- De Martini Winery
- Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
All of these wonderful - but not so well known - attractions are located just a short distance from our location at 1261 Locust Street in Walnut Creek, California! Stop by for a visit anytime!