History Spotlight: The Historic Horatio West Court
June 13, 2019
by Miranda Iglesias
The History Spotlight focuses on the landmarks, residents
The article below originally appeared in the Santa Monica Daily Press on June 10, 2019.
Horatio West Court
140 Hollister Avenue
Built 1919, designated 1979
This is one of the finest remaining examples of architect Irving Gill’s work in the field of social housing, as it shows Gill’s interest in designing affordable alternatives to the single-family home. Gill used the courtyard as a transitional space between the street and the building interiors, and the configuration exemplifies the bungalow court typology. Gill’s work was influenced by the region’s Spanish Colonial Revival and Mission Revival styles. Abstracting elements of these styles, his designs were modern interpretations of these more traditional forms. In doing so, Gill became a pivotal figure in California Modernism. The court was restored in the 1970s. Horatio West Court has been recognized on the National Register of Historic Places since 1977.