For nearly 40 years, Sam Fuller has made his home in the Villa Carlotta, a 1920s Hollywood apartment building whose Juliet balconies and wrought-iron grilles conjure the romance of old Italy and Spain.
Louella Parsons got married in the lobby. Adolphe Menjou once roamed the halls. Marion Davies, George Cukor, David O. Selznick and Edward G. Robinson slept under the terra cotta-tiled roof.
Time and neglect had left the Villa Carlotta crumbling in places — chipped tile here, scuffed wood there, paint fading on beams that stretch across high ceilings. But Fuller saw its beauty and tried to make it shine.