An important goal of The John Lautner Foundation is assuring the preservation of John Lautner buildings. A first step toward this goal is to obtain cultural or historical monument status for eligible Lautner buildings. This status serves as notice that the building is significant and it is not appropriate – and in some cases illegal – to make major changes to it. The status has benefits for the owner as well. The effectiveness of this form of protection generally extends only to how effective local protection ordinances are, however. The Foundation therefore is working with government agencies to assure that these agencies are aware of the value of Lautner buildings within their jurisdiction and to assist them in revising deficient ordinances.
Los Angeles’ Listed Properties.
Fortunately, some forward-thinking owners have already obtained cultural-historical monument status. In Los Angeles, the following Lautner residences have been listed:
|Date Listed||Building||Monument No.|
|12/05/2007||Harpel Residence Hollywood||LA-896|
National Register of Historic Places
Two Cal Poly professors and their students worked, with assistance from the Foundation, to obtain National Register status for eight Lautner residences. An application for all eight was approved by the State Historical Resources Commission on January 29, 2016, and the Keeper of the National Register listed the properties on April 19, 2016.
The eight residences are
The John & Mary Lautner House: https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/16000172.htm
The Foster Carling House: https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/16000168.htm
The Schaffer House:
The Harvey House:
The Harpel (Hollywood) House: https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/16000170.htm
The Pearlman Mountain Cabin: https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/16000173.htm
The Elrod House: https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/16000169.htm
The Walstrom House: