The Field Guide to Dingbats has several small articles and references regarding Dingbat apartment buildings, as well as a chapter from John Chase’s Book Glitter Stucco & Dumpster Diving, which covers the history and types of ‘stucco box’ apartments that are synonymous with Dingbats.

Field Guide to Dingbats – FULL, low res copy

Field Guide to Dingbats – 1 of 2 (misc. articles)
Field Guide to Dingbats – 2 of 2 (the Stucco Box, John Chase)


1. Excerpts from Los Angeles, The Architecture of Four Ecologies, Reyner Banham – 1 page

2. City of L.A. Dingbat Preservation Plan (Draft) – 2 pages

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3. “Dingbat Culture”, Mimi Zeiger – 2 pages

Originally published in READYMADE magazine’s digital preview issue.

4. “Apartment Living is Great – Lesley Marlene Siegel”, John Chase – 2 pages

Originally published in the LA Forum’s 1995 Newsletter ‘Urban Landscapes’.

5. “The Stucco Box” – Excerpt from Glitter Stucco and Dumpster Diving, John Chase – 36 pages

The Stucco Box, by John Chase (with John Beach) is reproduced with permission from the author and publisher Verso from the book Glitter Stucco and Dumpster Diving. The article was original published in Home Sweet Home: American Domestic Vernacular Architecture, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles; Rizzoli, in 1983.