09 Nov Context and background
The Harper District is a collection of unique apartment buildings featuring excellent examples of some of the architectural styles revived during the 1920s and 1930s. While apartment living gained unprecedented popularity in the area generally, developers built an extraordinary number of “high-class” apartments in West Hollywood during this period. These elegant buildings provide some of the first architectural responses to the automobile and became home to the growing movie industry and its illustrious stars. Many of whom were drawn to West Hollywood’s temperate climate and booming oil, aviation, tourist and motion picture industries. Today, these buildings stand as one of the most impressive collections of 1920’s and 30’s apartment buildings in Southern California.