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California Dreaming

In 1912, a group of L.A. businessmen set out to create Torrance, a "Modern Industrial City" inspired partly by the failures of other company towns. They hired Modernist architects Irving J. Gill to oversee the community, and Gill brought to the project big ideas about affordability, modernity, and residential hygiene. But was he too forward-thinking for the time? Curbed LA has the history. [Curbed LA]