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This courtyard in San Diego is behind a 1926 Spanish Colonial Revival house designed by renowned architect Richard S. Requa. Requa was so enamored with Spanish architecture that he wrote a book in 1929 titled Old World Inspiration for American Architecture. One of the chapters was devoted to courts and patios in the Mediterranean. In this home, found in the Kensington Heights area of San Diego, the transition from the indoors to the veranda to the courtyard is virtually seamless. Of particular interest are the heavy Moroccan-style curtains (in the center of the photograph, next to a bougainvillea) that can be closed to block the sun, allowing the veranda to remain an integral part of the living space. The curtains. added by the homeowner, were a common device and used often in 1920s Southern California architecture. Curtains of this type were adapted from designs seen in North Africa. Many homes in Southern California still have curtain rods on the outside of their windows, but homeowners are clueless as to why they are there.