One of my favorite apartment projects is the Harper House in West Hollywood, designed by Leland Bryant, who also designed the landmark Sunset Tower on the Sunset Strip. Originally built for the early film industry studio professionals and actors, the sense of glamour, luxury, and community blend together to create a sense of home. Built in 1929, the L-shaped, stark-white stucco building consists of four levels of apartment units sitting atop a subterranean parking structure. Walking into the open-air, elevated courtyard with a pond and fountain is like stepping back in time. The large windows and balconies in the units all open to the courtyard, allowing natural light to flood inside. When the residents decide to go out, the Harper House is located within short walking distance to Sunset Boulevard.
—Bradley S. Mansfi eld, senior principal, William Hezmalhalch Architects, Santa Ana, Calif.