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The postwar building boom in Southern California developed any vacant land left in the Village. One of the most futuristic and original contributions to the streetscape in the years after the war was the Sheets/L'Horizon Apartments, a freeform seven-unit structure. The structure represented another break from the original Mediterranean theme of the area. Lautner is noted for his whimsical designs, having contributed several of Los Angeles'most noted single family residences in the modernist spirit, among them the dramatic Wolff residence (1936), the Familian residence (Beverly Hills, 1971), the Chemosphere house (1960), and Silvertop (1957). Lautner's fascination with rounded shapes is evident in this multifamily example as it is in the Foster house (1950) and the Chemosphere house. Historians Gebhard and Winder [sic] call L'Horizon'a beautiful solution for multiple housing with each apartment completely separated from the others and each with its own terraces, decks, and outdoor garden space; all indicative of Lautner's understanding of readable images and of the environment of Los Angeles.'Cost of the building was approximately $80,000. It is a rare multifamily example in the area of the work of a noted modernist;" excerpted from the Cultural Resources Documentation Report Westwood: North and East Villages Prepared by Johnson Heumann Research Associates for the City of Los Angeles Department of Planning May 15, 1987
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