Horatio West Court - 1919
Decades before "modern" architecture became popular across the USA Irving Gill, in his work in southern California, developed an extraordinarily simple set of forms from the Mediterranean and Mexican traditions that he found there. These houses were far ahead of their time and remain, even today, strikingly modern looking buildings. But they are never cold and heartless. They are designed for gracious and comfortable living. At Horatio West Court in Santa Monica, Irving Gill designed a complex of 4 houses and 2 apartments, around a central auto court. These houses remain among Santa Monica's most beloved architectural masterpieces.
As a work of art these prints are worth purchasing in their own right. For those of you interested in building a historically inspired house, these plans offer an excellent starting point. At the ground level the arched entry porch opens into an entry hall with a Living Room at the right and Dining Room straight ahead. These both have patio doors onto a small terrace. To the left of the Dining Room are 2 spaces that could function as Kitchen and Family Room or Home Office. There is also a Bedroom and Bath on the ground floor. The upper floor contains 2 Bedrooms and a Bath. Although the plans do not indicate this, the roof over the Dining Room could serve as a terrace for the upper floor. This drawing set includes 2 variations on the house plans, as well as plans for 2-room apartments over the garages. This house is ideally suited to a flat site, in an urban or suburban setting. The house has outside dimensions of approximately 32' x 42'.
- Building name: Horatio West Court
- Designer/Architect: Irving Gill
- Date of construction: 1919
- Location: Santa Monica, California
- Style: Mid-Century Modern Style
- Number of sheets: 11 sheets measuring 18" x 24"
- Cover sheet, Information, Vicinity Plan
- Isometric View
- First Floor Plan, 1/8"=1'-0"
- Second Floor Plan, 1/8"=1'-0"
- 2 Sheets of Elevations, 1/8"=1'-0"
- First Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"
- Second Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"
- 2 Sheets of Elevations, 1/4"=1'-0"
- 1 Sheet of 3 Sections, 1/4"=1'-0"
The prints you are purchasing are crisp, high resolution black line copies on white bond paper. The original drawings were beautifully delineated in 1968, by the Historic American Building Survey.
Please view my other plans for more designs by Irving Gill and other 20th century architects.
SHIPPING: Your drawings are shipped to you, by US Postal Service, rolled, not folded, in a Priority Mail tube.
IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO BUILD: These plans are NOT complete architectural drawings as might be required by your local permitting agency and do not contain all the structural, waterproofing and other details and information necessary for construction. But your local builder or architect should be able to adapt these drawings and add to them as necessary. What they do provide is accurate design information about a REAL Modernist home, not a pseudo-Modern tract house as you will find in the house plan magazines on your supermarket shelf. (GI003)