spent a lot of time and money caring for their lawns.
Keeping up appearances helped keep up property values.
In the early years, patriarch Abraham Levitt, an
avid gardener, personally inspected homeowners' lots
and provided gardening tips in a weekly newspaper
lawn. [Urban Archives, Temple University]
"Suburbia … where
porch society gave way to patio society. Where the
formal dining room gave way to the barbecue and the
TV dinner. Where white gloves gave way to pedal pushers."
|Jack and Philomena
Dougherty relaxing on their back patio in Levittowns
Stonybrook section. Many residents hired local
contractors to pour concrete patios or installed
a simple one themselves using fieldstone. [Rita
The home was the center of the Levittown experience.
It was here that residents spent most of their leisure
hours, relaxing with family and friends and enjoying
the suburban lifestyle, with its barbecues, patios,
and emphasis on casual, "easy living."
|An ad for patio supplies. [Levittown
||Informal and family centered, barbecues became
an icon of suburban life in the 1950s.