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Here's an early answer from Taut. It's the Gartenstadt (Garden City) Falkenberg, perhaps a mile south of the freestanding houses on Wegenerstrasse. These rowhouses are also conveniently located near the commuter-rail station of Grunau. The design is amazingly close to California's Parkmerced and Park LaBrea, both built by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company after World War II, but Gartenstadt Falbenberg is much older, from 1913 to 1916. Taut at the time was the architect of the German Garden City Society (the Deutsche Gartenstadtgesellschaft). Funding came from the Greater Berlin Non-profit Garden Suburb Cooperative (the Gemeinnutzige Baugenossenschaft Gartenvorstadt Gross-Berlin eGmhB). Plans called for 1,500 flats, but only 128 were built before World War I stopped the program.

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