Preservation

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.
06/21/1988 Sheats Apartments LA-362
03/23/1990 Mauer Residence LA-481
11/12/1991 Midtown School LA-553
08/12/1991 Chemosphere Residence LA-785
12/14/2005 Goldstein Office LA-829
09/27/2006 Wolff Residence LA-852
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:
https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/16000174.htm

The Harvey House:
https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/16000171.htm

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:
https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/16000175.htm

 

2 thoughts on “Preservation”

  1. Judy, John Sanchez-Chew from Pismo Beach. 2007, I moved to Simi Valley… Currently, the company where I am currently at, we are working on one of your Mr. Lauters house. We are doing an addition as per his design…

    I always wondered where you had gone…Good speed to you….

    John Sanchez-Chew

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