Catherine Bauer’s first years at Berkeley coincided with the construction of housing for war workers in California’s defense centers. Like Bauer’s slides of FSA housing, the Kodachrome slides of wartime housing in her and her husband William Wurster’s collection show colorful views that contrasted with the predominantly black and white images circulating in contemporary architecture magazines.
After the war, Bauer returned to photograph sites of former wartime housing developments like Hunters Point in San Francisco and Channel Heights at San Pedro.
“Channel Heights.” California Arts and Architecture, August 1944.
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Museum of Modern Art. “Wartime Housing: An Exhibition in 10 Scenes.” Bulletin of the Museum of Modern Art 9, no. 4 (May 1942): 2–22.
Persitz, Alexandre. “‘Channel Heights,’ 1942.” L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui 16, no. 6 (June 1946): 63–70.
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