Horatio West Court
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An Idea Whose Time Has Come Back

The breed of courtyard apartments with an eye on graceful urban living was first advanced by early projects such as the Irving Gill-designed Horatio West Court apartments, built in 1921. (Mark Boster / LAT)
The 7 Fountains apartments in West Hollywood. (Mark Boster / LAT)
Tile pathways help create a sense of community and functional charm amid West Hollywood’s dense and fast-paced setting. (Lawrence K. Ho / LAT)
The Atwater Bungalows near Elysian Park is a symbol of the leisurely Southern California lifestyle while also signifying a distance from the stir of the city. (Lawrence K. Ho / LAT)
The Andalusia’s architectural and landscaping elements, such as shared balconies, create a sense of community in the high-density area of West Hollywood. (Lawrence K. Ho / LAT)
The Ronada Court apartments in Piedmont cozy up to an outdoor area lush with greenery. Although it’s not certain that architect Irving Gill designed the complex, it bears his trademarks. (Robert Durell / LAT)
The 7 Fountains complex in West Hollywood illustrates the new breed of courtyard apartments with an eye on graceful urban living. (Mark Boster / LAT)