The Foundation holds special events when feasible. They are held in different Lautner buildings and feature special panel discussions. The panels bring together clients, contractors, engineers, and others involved in the construction of the building.
In 2000, the inaugural event was held at “Silvertop“, the home built for Ken Reiner, inventor of “clippies”, special aircraft self-locking bolts, and other interesting items, some of which are used in this house (although you wouldn’t likely notice them). Mr. Reiner was joined by Dr. and Mrs. Burchill, the present owners, Guy Zebert, construction superintendent, Helena Arahuete, associate of Mr. Lautner’s at the time of the remodelling, Andrew Nasser, structural engineer of many Lautner buildings, and John Warner, concrete contractor on Silvertop. The discussion was moderated by Frank Escher, manager of the Lautner Archive.
The 2001 event featured a tour of four Lautner homes as well as a symposium. The tour took people to the Walstrom, Concannon, Sheats-Goldstein, and Schwimmer homes. The symposium was held at the recently-restored Harvey residence.
Edited videotapes of both panel discussions will be available for sale on the web site at a later date.
The Foundation uses proceeds from the events to help fund preservation projects and meet other Foundation goals.
Memberships: The Foundation is now accepting members. Check the membership page for information.