Horatio West Court

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Horatio West Court
Horatio West Court, Santa Monica.JPG
Horatio West Court, 2008
Horatio West Court is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Horatio West Court
Horatio West Court is located in California
Horatio West Court
Horatio West Court is located in the US
Horatio West Court
Location Santa Monica, California
Coordinates 34°0′12″N 118°29′10″W / 34.00333°N 118.48611°W / 34.00333; -118.48611Coordinates: 34°0′12″N 118°29′10″W / 34.00333°N 118.48611°W / 34.00333; -118.48611
Built ca. 1921[2]
Architect Irving Gill[2]
Architectural style Modern Movement, Other
NRHP reference # 77000302[1]
SMHL # 10
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 11, 1977
Designated SMHL January 2, 1979[2]

Horatio West Court, built in Santa Monica, California in 1919, is an early example of attached houses with shared pedestrian and vehicle access. The six little buildings are grouped on a 60-foot lot.[3] It was designed by Irving Gill.

Horatio West Court divides its narrow lot symmetrically, placing two units on either side of a driveway that runs the length of the lot to a rear parking area, where two garages are topped with little apartments.[3] Each building is a slightly inflected, flat-roofed two-story cube to which a small entrance porch and a walled terrace has been added. The arched entry ways and small patio courts reflect Gill's affinity for the Mission Revival style.[4] However, the buildings themselves fall squarely into the Modern Movement.

Richard Neutra extensively photographed the Horatio West Court as well as Gill's Dodge House and published in his book Amerika: Neues Bauen in der Welt (1930). In Leland Roth's American Architecture: A History, the Horatio West Court is described as "Gill's flat-roof crisply-rectilinear apartment complex." [1] In Coastal California, John A. Vlahides and Tullan Spitz describe the complex as "one of the best examples of Irving Gill's revolutionary modernism." [2]

The Horatio West Court was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, the first building in the City of Santa Monica to be listed in the National Register.

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c "City of Santa Monica Designated Landmarks" (PDF). City of Santa Monica. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-10-04. 
  3. ^ a b Aaron Betsky (June 13, 1991), Horatio West Court Packs Feel of Openness, Form Into Dense Space Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ Christopher Hawthorne (July 07, 2005), It's all about the house Los Angeles Times.