Dingbat Retrofit

Dingbat Retrofit

  13,500 Apartment Buildings in Los Angeles County Require Retrofitting Los Angeles is known for its urban sprawl and is now home to over ten million residents.  The county developed rapidly after World War II and multifamily properties quickly began replacing traditional craftsman homes and bungalows.  “Dingbat” apartment buildings were born in the 1950s and feature flimsy first floors that often serve as parking spaces, a popular design during the height of LA’s car culture.  These “soft-story” apartment buildings can be found all over Los Angeles county with their names whimsically written in specialized fonts and geometric embellishments on the front...Read more