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Located within West Hollywood's Harper Avenue Historic District, Villa Sevilla has the distinction of being featured in Gebhard & Winter's Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles and Stefanos Polyzoides's Courtyard Housing in Los Angeles. Erected in 1931 by the aptly and fantastically named builder Elwood Houseman, the Monterey Colonial Revival complex is also notable in that it was designed by Edith Mortensen Northman, one of California's first women architects. Born in Denmark, Northman moved to Los Angeles in 1920 and began working for architect Clarence J. Smale, eventually becoming his chief draftsman. She opened her own architectural firm in 1926, studied architecture at USC from 1927 to 1930, received her license in 1931, and designed approximately 120 buildings between 1926 and 1938. Northman's projects included commercial buildings such as Union Oil Company gas stations; single family houses in Hancock Park, Los Feliz, and Beverly Hills; and multi-unit residential buildings in Miracle Mile, South Carthay, and Hollywood. Currently, a one-bedroom, one and a half-bath townhouse is available in the 17-unit Villa Sevilla. We'd love to tell you more about it; unfortunately, while there are plenty of words (and exclamation points!) in the ad, only a handful of them relate to actual specifics. At any rate, monthly rent for the pet-friendly townhouse seems to be $2,500.
· 1346 N Harper Ave APT B [Zillow]
· Edith Mortensen Northman: Tower District Architect [Historic Fresno]