Richland's alphabet houses
Richland's unique "alphabet houses" were designed by Spokane, Washington, architect G. Albin Pherson to accommodate the tremendous growth in population at the Hanford site during World War II. He was given less than 90 days to completely design the entire new Richland community, including streets, utilities, and commercial and residential building plans. Each housing design was assigned an alphabet letter designation and included single-family homes, duplexes, apartments, and dormitories. As Richland was a "company town" until 1958, these homes maintained a distinct uniformity for many years. One neighborhood of 162 alphabet houses that have largely maintained their original appearance, designated the "Gold Coast Historic District," was named to the National Register of Historic Places in April 2005.
For details on Richland's alphabet houses, see: http://hanford.houses.tripod.com
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