Financing the American Dream
With Eric Abrahamson
A look at the convergence of popular aspiration, public policy, and commercial interests that generated the homeowner culture of the postwar era, and at the ways in which those with a stake in the real estate economy promoted the idea of the single-family dwelling, then developed the planned communities that supplied them.
Visionary Development: Design Strategies for Better Living
This series of six talks ties together themes of public and private real estate development in Southern California.
In conjunction with A. Quincy Jones: Building for Better Living.
Eric Abrahamson Biography
Eric Abrahamson is principal historian and founder of Vantage Point. Over the last two decades he has written numerous histories of major corporations and cultural institutions in telecommunications, banking, food processing, construction, philanthropy and the arts. His books include Building Home: Howard F. Ahmanson and the Politics of the American Dream, Beyond Charity: A Century of Philanthropic Innovation, Spirited Commitment: The Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Foundation, which he co-authored with Roderick MacLeod, and Anytime, Anywhere: Entrepreneurship and the Creation of a Wireless World, which he co-authored with Louis Galambos of Johns Hopkins University. Eric earned his Ph.D. in American Economic History from Johns Hopkins University in 2003. He also earned an M.A. in English from San Francisco State University and a B.A. in History from the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently a fellow with the Institute of Applied Economics, Global Health and Study of Business Enterprise at Johns Hopkins University.
Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.
Design Strategies for Better Living is presented as part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. This collaboration, initiated by the Getty, brings together seventeen local cultural institutions from April through July for a wide-ranging look at the postwar built environment of the city as a whole, from its famous residential architecture to its vast freeway network, revealing the city’s development and ongoing impact in new ways.
All Hammer public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from the Dream Fund at UCLA.
Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, the Simms/Mann Family Foundation, The Brotman Foundation of California, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, and all Hammer members.