The City of Dublin presents “Suburbia: Dublin…Ranch Town to Ranch House,” celebrating the changes that took place locally, from 1961 – 1966, as the first housing developments introduced modernism to Dublin. The exhibit opened on Sunday, April 14, 2013, in the “Little Classroom” at the Dublin Heritage Park and Museums, and will run through Sunday, June 30.
Fifty years ago Dublin was a ranching community with a population of less than 1,000. Early in 1960, Volk-McLain Communities, Inc., a residential development company, purchased more than 4,000 acres of open land for the first segment in phase II of San Ramon Village. Opening in early 1961, Unit 5 contained 234 homes and offered three and four bedroom homes. Unit 5 is the area bordered by I-680 on the west, Amador Valley Blvd on the south, Village Parkway on the east, and Tamarack Drive on the north. Although many of Volk-McClain's subdivisions used recycled home plans, the elevations on the Suburban and the Palm Springs were unique to the homes east of I-680.
The “Suburbia” exhibit features advertising materials for the subdivisions of San Ramon Village, Silvergate, Ecco Park and Redwing Valley; and presents evocative images by renowned photographer Bill Owens, depicting Dublin’s modern pioneers at home. The exhibit will be open during regular museum hours.