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Southwestern architecture is renowned for its courtyards, where Spanish Revival architects and builders made extensive use of architectural landscape structures such as retaining walls, benches, and fountains. This is one reason these homes relate so well to their sites. Most courtyards, of course, are relegated to the more private and secluded area in back of the house. In these two homes, both built in the 1920s, courtyard-like constructions of sculpted walls and planters expand the outdoor living area at the front of the home.