March 24, 2005
The Mar Vista Historical Society supports the historic designation of the courtyard apartments located on the south side of National Blvd. between Butler Ave. and Federal Ave., as they are an important element of Westdale Village developed by Paul Trousdale, an important developer in the history of Los Angeles who also founded the luxurious Trousdale Estates neighborhood in Beverly Hills. Today, Westdale Village is better known as Westdale Trousdale.
Allen Siple, A.I.A., a leading designer of fine, large estates in Holmby Hills and Bel Air designed the homes comprising the original Westdale Village tract. He also was the designer of The Grove, the courtyard dwellings in Westwood previously declared a Historical-Cultural Monument by the City of Los Angeles.
The original Westdale homes were designed in 1947. In 1948, Trousdale conceived the development of the apartments, which were built in 1949 by builder Phil Yousem to echo Allen Siple's designs of the single family homes comprising the rest of Westdale Village.
Westdale Trousdale represents an important part of the development of Mar Vista and is one of the better intact examples in Los Angeles of the large scale developments built by merchant builders who greatly influenced the character of the post-World War II metropolis. They sold both a home and a lifestyle, and in the case of Westdale Village, the Southern California dream of "Outdoor Living."
The neighborhood prides itself on maintaining the area's small town atmosphere, which is greatly enhanced by the presence of these apartments. These apartments represent the rental properties of the original development and this social history should be preserved.
Mar Vista Historical Society