Putting the ‘wood’ in Valwood Estates


Someone must have driven into the fancy corner sign (Fairplex Drive and Avalon Avenue) marking the start of the Valwood Estates subdivision in Pomona, based on the damage. A piece of plywood covers the hole.

The tract has had its ups and downs — in 2005, the Post Office briefly stopped delivering there after a shooting, leading to protests — but the architects, Palmer & Krisel, evidently have a following: Someone on Flickr has posted the original sales brochure, and a website that tracks Krisel homes on the market has posted about the neighborhood multiple times the past few years, including this overview, which begins:

“Consisting of just over 500 Palmer & Krisel-designed homes built in 1955 by builders Weber-Burns, Valwood Estates offers relatively affordable modernism in western Pomona.”

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