History gallery reveals “footprints” of early Lakewood


Much of Lakewood was built all at once between 1950 and 1954, although newer tracts of homes continued to be built well into the 1960s. The floor plans of many of those homes, along with some architectural renderings, recently have been digitized and posted to the Lakewood city website at www.lakewoodcity.org/FloorPlans with the help of Lakewood’s Historian Emeritus, Don Waldie.

Although not a comprehensive collection, the floor plans and illustrations, taken mainly from sales brochures, show the wide variety of home designs that kept even the mass-produced neighborhoods of Lakewood from cookie-cutter sameness. Some early designs were very small – less than 700 square feet of living area. By 1954, many designs were more than double that size. You can explore the footprints of Lakewood online now … and perhaps find the floor plan of your own home when Lakewood was new. A map of Lakewood neighborhoods and when they were built is also included on the website.