The Villa Aurora at 520 Paseo Miramar is located in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles and has been used as an artists residence
since 1995. It is the former home of the German-Jewish author Lion Feuchtwanger and his wife Marta. The Feuchtwangers bought
this Spanish-style mansion in 1943 for only $9,000, the annual salary of a school teacher. The house was a popular meeting
place for artists and the community of German-speaking émigrés. Lion Feuchtwanger wrote six of his historical novels in this
house: Der Tag wird kommen, Waffen für Amerika, Die Jüdin von Toledo, Narrenweisheit oder Tod und Verklärung des Jean-Jacques
Rousseau, Jefta und seine Töchter, and Goya oder der arge Weg der Erkenntnis.
Villa Aurora was part of a building project initiated by Arthur Weber and George Ley in cooperation with the Los Angeles Times,
which reported routinely on the construction of this "demonstration house". Weber hired architect Mark Daniels and interior
designer Rodney Benso. The house pipe organ was built by Santa Monica Artcraft. Villa Aurora was inspired by the Teruel
Cathedral outside Sevilla, Spain. The wood for the ceilings was brought in from Spain and the fountains came from Italy. The
Malibu Tile Company supplied the decorative tiles throughout the entire house. When Villa Aurora was finished in 1928, it
featured the latest technological inventions and novelties in domestic design such as an electric garage openers, a dishwasher,
a fridge and a gas range. Due to the depression, it was not sold, and the developer Weber and his family were forced to move
in themselves in 1931. Financial problems forced Weber to leave the house in 1939 and the property sat idle.