Category Archives: The John Lautner Foundation

Information about the John Lautner Foundation

Memorial Celebration for Karol Lautner Peterson Planned

The Foundation will host a celebration of the life of Karol Lautner Peterson on

September 27, 2015
at 2:00 p.m.

in the

Barnsdall Gallery Theater
4800 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Friends of Karol and the Foundation are welcome.  There will be speakers, photographs, and music in the theater, followed by a small reception in the upstairs lobby.

Please RSVP through the Foundation Facebook page or by email to

Hotel Lautner Tours Part of Modernism Week

The Hotel Lautner (aka Desert Hot Springs Motel) is offering three different tours on February 17, 2014:

Tour 1: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm  – $50

Tour 2: 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm – $50

Tour the hotel, check out the planned event space

VIP Twilight Tour: 4:30 – 6:00  –  $75

Tour the hotel and event space, meet the owners, enjoy appetizers and wine

VIP Twilight Tour & Dinner: 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm  –  $125

Twilight tour plus four-course tasting and wine pairing at the new Essense restaurant at the Two Bunch Palms Resort

Questions? Call 760-837-1800 ext 200.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit The John Lautner Foundation. Reserve your space through Modernism Week
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“Dinner in a Lautner” offered at Gala

Entrance to Harpel residence


April 29, 2012

At the July 2011 Gala event, held at the Harpel residence, four special auction items were offered:

Intimate dinners in Lautner houses with well-known chefs (who donated their food and time).

The houses included were:

Sheats-Goldstein (won by Ryan Trowbridge with Tracy Beckmann). Chef: Corina Weibel of Canalé; wine selections by LOU. Dinner for 10 people. This dinner took place in December, 2011.

Gala at the Harpel residence in Hollywood

Schwimmer (won by Michaela Abrams). Chef: Onil Chibas of Elements Cafe; wine selections by LOU. Dinner for 8 people. This dinner has not yet taken place.

Rawlins (won by Eleanor Schapa). Chef: David Sanfield of Pitfire Pizza; wine selections by LOU. Dinner for 6 people. This dinner has not yet taken place.

Wolff (won by Eleanor Schapa). Chef: Anna Thomas, author of “Love Soups” and “Vegetarian Epicure”; wine selections by LOU. Dinner for 4 people. This dinner has not yet taken place.

These dinners were among the many interesting items offered at the auction, which also included original photographs by Helena Arahuete, a gift certificate to Hotel Lautner, a private tour of the Sheats-Goldstein residence, and many other valuable items.  The Foundation plans to offer other similar dinners only rarely, because of the great amount of planning and coordination involved.

This is one of a series of articles on the events that took place during the celebration of John Lautner’s 100th birthday.

Come to the Hotel Lautner Open House February 19

**UPDATE Feb. 14, 2012: This event is SOLD OUT. Those who have purchased tickets for the open house and are on the waiting list for dinner will remain on the waiting list (for dinner) until we know whether there will be seating available. There is no waiting list for the open house.**

On Sunday, February 19, the Hotel Lautner (formerly known as the Desert Hot Springs Motel) will open from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The hotel owners, Tracy Beckmann and Ryan Trowbridge, will be there to chat and answer questions, along with members of the Board of Directors of The John Lautner Foundation.

Visitors will have an opportunity to include a three-course dinner that same night at the legendary Two Bunch Palms in Desert Hot Springs  or a one-year membership to the Foundation for an extra charge.

Space is limited so make your reservations now! The details:

Hotel Lautner Tour
Date: Sunday, February 19, 2012
Time: 3:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: Hotel Lautner – 67710 San Antonio Street, Desert Hot Springs [See map below]
Space is limited. Note our sponsors below, who have made it possible for the Foundation to benefit from this event.


$25 for tour
$50 for tour and one year membership in the John Lautner Foundation
$55 tour and dinner*
$80 tour, membership and dinner*

* A THREE COURSE DINNER includes all three courses, gratuities and taxes
in the legendary Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa
67425 Two Bunch Palms Trail, Desert Hot Springs, CA [See map below]

Seatings: 5:30, 6:00 and 6:30 pm February 19. ***UPDATE: Dinners are sold out, but there is a waiting list in case tables open up for more. ***

Register here: Note that there aren’t any actual tickets. There will be a check-in desk at the hotel.

Proceeds benefit the John Lautner Foundation, a 501 (c) nonprofit organization.


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Register for Gala Now

Join The John Lautner Foundation for an exclusive evening at the iconic and newly restored Harpel Residence, benefiting the Foundation’s Preservation Fund. Guests will be treated to intimate home tours of the Harpel Residence and a special auction featuring rare Lautner memorabilia and other items. The evening will also honor early Lautner clients Leonard Malin and Ken Reiner, the original owners of the Chemosphere Residence (1960) and Silvertop Residence (1963), respectively.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

6:00 pm, Intimate Home Tour

7:00 pm, Cocktails and Hors d’Oeuvres, Awards Presentation and Auction

Harpel Residence (1956), Hollywood Hills

Tickets $250

Register here:



Complete event details, including directions to the Harpel Residence, will be sent separately upon ticket purchase.

Mistress of Ceremonies
Linda Dishman, Executive Director, Los Angeles Conservancy

Guests of Honor and Recipients of The John Lautner Foundation Award
Leonard Malin, Client, Chemosphere (1960)
Ken Reiner, Client, Silvertop (1963)

Gala Host Committee
Michela O’Connor Abrams
Thomas Demand
Mark Haddawy
Ray Kappe
Kelly Lynch
Karol Lautner Peterson
Ann Philbin
Arianne Phillips
Jeremy Scott
Eric Lloyd Wright

Gala Sponsor

Save These Dates!

Many activities celebrating John Lautner’s 100th birthday are planned, but most of the details are not yet certain. At this time we can offer the following information and dates:


April 9 & 10: celebration at Munich Filmmuseum: feature film (A Single Man), both documentaries on Lautner, shorts and experimental films, panel discussions. Check with filmmuseum for details.


July 16: John Lautner’s birthday.

Los Angeles City Proclamation: John Lautner Day

Week starting July 16 (Sat):

Birthday party, hosted by Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Small temporary exhibit featuring preservation of the Goldstein Office

Preservation panel discussion and slides



July 17: LA Lautner Home Tour: joint event of John Lautner Foundation and MAK Center for Art and Architecture


July 18th – 24th (dates not certain): Two- or three-day film festival featuring Lautner documentaries, feature films that use Lautner homes, shorts, experimental films, panel discussions



August 19: Opening of new John Lautner exhibition at Northern Michigan University’s DeVos art museum, curated by the museum director, Melissa Metuscak



Sept. 2: Reception for above exhibit


Other events to be held in the fall include a preservation symposium, visit to the Lautner archive at Getty Special Collections, a JLF fundraiser party with focus on preservation fund, and a small photographic exhibit.


In her own words

Yasuko Austin was recently able to lead a group of students through the Sheats-Goldstein residence. In return, she made a donation to the Foundation. Ms. Austin explains her long-term attachment to Lautner structures:

I have been always a big fan of Mr. lautner’s structures.  I met Mr. lautner at Mr. goldstein’s house once when my ex partner of mine and I were running the location company!

I have many many publication of Lautner structures.  I really wanted to purchase Wolf House from my neighbour but by the time I realize the place was for sale, it was too expensive for me to purchase.

I myself was an actress in London and I worked for  a Jaames bond movie and I always liked to hung around with the set designer…who first time told me of Lautner designs.  I remember his name…Adams?  It was 40 years ago in London.  That’s how long I know of Lautner design structures.

I became a photographic production producer after I moved to Los Angeles from London.  And I started the location company mainly catering for photo shoot…especially editorial fashion shoots.  That’s how I found Mr. Goldstein’s house and I was the first one to use the structure for fashion shoots.  Since then I have been using so many Lautner structures.  Mark is my friend who now owns the Lautner structure off Mulhholand Drive across from Chemispherer House.

I went to Acapulco and saw the structure there as well.

I have a little house in Palm springs as well and I visited all the lautner structures therre including El Rhod [Elrod] House.

So you see, how could I not pursue for the donation?

I am so happy that Mr. goldstein let me organize this Japanese architecture tour to come and visit the house.  I am so thrilled.

Well….I always remain as one of the biggest fun of Lautner, the architect.


Yasuko Austin.

Special Exhibit News

Special Hammer Exhibition edition
July 2008

Many events are planned to coordinate with the major exhibition on John Lautner offered by the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.  The exhibition opens July 13 and ends October 12, 2008. In cooperation with the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design, and the UCLA Film and Television Archive, the Hammer is offering tours, panel discussions and film screenings.  An architectural touring company is offering a tour of Lautner buildings as well.

John Lautner Foundation members invited to special reception

The Hammer Museum is inviting members of the John Lautner Foundation to an exhibit reception on July 12, in the evening. If you are a member you should have received an invitation already or will in the next few days. If you join now your name will be forwarded to the Hammer and an invitation will be sent to you. You must have an invitation to be admitted. Please note that any memberships received after July 8 are not likely to be in time to get an invitation.

Tour firm offers single-day Lautner tour

Tours d’Art Art and Architecture Tours is offering a one-day tour to be held Friday, July 18, 2008. The tour is to include visits to the Sheats-Goldstein residence, the Harpel residence (recently renovated), the Sheats apartments (aka “L’Horizon”), and the current television studio, which is a remarkable replica of the Malin residence (aka “chemosphere”).

Space is limited. Contact Karen Bergenthal through her website, Tours d’Art, for details and to register if there is still space available.