Mills Act


Chase Knolls Garden Apartments
sherman oaks,Los Angeles, CAlifornia

Chase Knolls Garden Apartments is a garden apartment complex designed and constructed between 1947 and 1949 in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles. Designed by architect Heth Wharton and architectural designer Ralph Vaughn, the complex has 21 apartment buildings containing 260 units, and numerous carports and laundry buildings. The surrounding landscape includes more than 400 trees. In 2000, Chase Knolls was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. The property subsequently received a Mills Act historical property contract.


Sun Tech Townhomes
Santa Monica, California

The Sun Tech Townhomes were constructed in 1981 and designed by Urban Forms Organization, a group of recent SCI-ARC graduates. The 18-unit condominium complex was designated as a City of Santa Monica Landmark in 2017 as symbol of development of the city, a resource of aesthetic value, and an exemplar of southern California Postmodern architecture. Chattel was brought in by the homeowners association shortly after the Landmark designation to prepare an application for a Mills Act contract.


san Vicente Courtyard Apartments
Santa Monica, California

In 2016, Chattel prepared Mills Act contract applications for a total of six courtyard apartment complexes for a single owner. The properties are all contributors to the then recently City-designated San Vicente Courtyard Apartments Historic District. Uniquely, each building is organized around a courtyard recessed from the street. Two properties were previously identified in the City Historic Resource Inventory as separately eligible for local designation, including 212 San Vicente, a Streamline Moderne half-court designed by architect William E. Foster and completed in 1937, and 614-618 San Vicente, an American Colonial Revival style full-court designed by architect Edith Northman and completed in 1948. Northman was one of the first women to be licensed in California to practice architecture.