AKA: Carquinez Heights War Housing, Vallejo, CA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - housing - affordable housing; built works - dwellings - housing - temporary housing

Designers: Engineers, Limited (firm); Wurster, William W., Architect (firm); Frederick Lothian Langhorst (architect); William Wilson Wurster (architect)

Dates: constructed 1941-1942

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Vallejo, CA

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In early 1941, the Public Buildings Administration (PBA) paid a fee of $105,000 to Engineers Limited, general contractors of San Francisco, CA, for the construction of 316 "permanent" residences and 608 "prefabricated, demountable" units meant to serve workers at the nearby Mare Island Naval Shipyard. San Francisco architect William Wilson Wurster (1895-1973) designed this war housing. Frederick L. Langhorst (1905-1979) worked on the plans for this housing on 07/01/1941 in Wurster's office. Other drawings showing siting of house clusters were dated 06/13/1941-06/14/1941.

Six dwellings at Carquinez Heights burned on 12/08/1943, during a dry, windy period. (See "Wind, Flames in California Do Big Damage," Spokane Daily Chronicle, 12/09/1943, p. 1,)

On 07/06/1947, Donn Emmons, within the Office of Wurster, Bernardi and Emmons, designed alterations to the Vallejo Defense Housing Project.

PCAD id: 15851