Category Archives: John Lautner Buildings

Plans of Lautner buildings

The Foundation archive is at the Getty Research Institute, Special Collections. The archive contains plans for virtually every Lautner building, and photographs of most (although the foundation does not have the rights to many of the photographs). These materials can be copied or loaned under certain circumstances.

Start here. Click on the link to the “finding aid” on the right side of the page.

Search to see if there are plans or photographs of the buildings you are interested in.  If you can get to the Getty you can request permission to see what is available. For more info on borrowing materials from the Getty:

Photographs of Lautner buildings

The Foundation’s archive contains many photographs, but the Foundation does not hold the rights to most of them. To obtain photographs of Lautner buildings, contact the photographers directly.

Julius Shulman: contact the Getty Research Institute, Special Collections.

Alan Weintraub

Michael Moore: 206.780.3405 P.O. Box 11137 Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Art Gray:

Tours of Lautner buildings

The Foundation does not usually provide addresses or maps to Lautner homes, because most of the homeowners want to maintain their privacy. However, there are sources available for those interested in viewing these homes from the street. Perhaps the most helpful is this guide:

Los Angeles: An Architectural Guide, by David Gebhard and Robert Milton Winter

There are also tour companies that specialize in architectural tours:

Architecture Tours LA

Tours d’Art

And there are sites that offer more information for self-guided touring (Thank you, Martin Daoust, for these links):

Things to do in Los Angeles

Day Trip to the Inland Empire

Filming in Lautner buildings

The Foundation does not serve as an agent for the owners of Lautner buildings. Negotiations for the use of particular buildings must be made through the owners or their agents.

The Sheats-Goldstein residence has been used often for this purpose. To obtain permission to film or otherwise use that residence, please contact the owner through his website at

Some other residences may be available through

Goldstein office finds a home

Goldstein Office:

Update: The Goldstein office has been accepted by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It will be installed as a working office in LACMA West, the historic May Co. building.

Read below for the history. Start at the bottom.

view application for monument status

photographs by Alan Weinstein, arcaid

UPDATE: Message from the Vice-President of the JLF

The John Lautner Foundation received wonderful news just prior to Thanksgiving. The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission voted unanimously to extend Historic-Cultural Monument status to the Goldstein Office, effectively saving it from imminent destruction. In the final hearing, with considerable time devoted to the pros and cons of preserving this rare office space in a high-rise, the Commission (after voting) requested James Goldstein to stand and be acknowledged for commissioning John Lautner and building the office.

photograph of interior
Our efforts to preserve the Goldstein Office, though quite involved and complex, were fruitful. The Lautner Foundation involved the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission by submitting for Monument status, which will protect a threatened cultural monument for up to one year, after which the owner of the building can have the issue re-addressed. While this approach to preserving buildings or space buys time, it needs support not only from the Commission but finally from the City Council, especially the Councilmember whose district it is in.We did not have this needed support due to the unique nature of this Lautner project: its being an interior office space introduced new issues and hurdles for its preservation. So when the Foundation’s proposal of incorporating the office intact into the redesign of the building’s 20th floor for a single tenant was rejected by the new tenant and the building owner, an intense period of rethinking and negotiation ensued.

The building owner at 10100 Santa Monica Boulevard ultimately proposed sponsoring the careful dismantling of the 850 square foot office suite and storing it safely until next May. We have begun the process of finding a new location for the office, hopefully where the public can readily visit this unique office environment and be exposed to John Lautner’s genius.

The disassembly and restoration concept was embodied in the Commission’s decision, which now moves on for final adoption by the Los Angeles City Council.

Although we do not foresee any problems with the Council’s adoption of Historic-Cultural status, we encourage your attendance and support. It will be an exciting moment at Wednesday’s meeting when the Council votes on the motion to include the Goldstein office on the City’s Historic-Cultural Monuments list. With the Goldstein Office a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument, additional clout accrues to our project of finding a new home for it.

Here are the times and locations for the final hearings next week:

1. Hearing at PLUM (Planning Land Use Management committee.)
December 13th, Tuesday 1:00pm
Room 350, City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles.

2. Hearing at Los Angeles City Council
December 14th,
Wednesday 10:00am
Room 340, City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles.

The Foundation would like to take this opportunity to thank all involved in the effort to preserve the Goldstein Office. We direct special thanks to James Goldstein who commissioned and built this great architectural work which has now been saved from being destroyed.

We look forward to seeing some of you at the upcoming hearings.

Thank you for your past and future support.

Best regards,

Christopher Carr
Vice President


Date: September 8, 2005
For Release: Immediately
Contact: Christopher Carr (323) 668-2225

City of Los Angeles Cultural-Heritage Commission takes Architect John Lautner’s Goldstein Office in Century City under consideration for City Cultural-Heritage Monument status at Wednesday, September 7, 2005 Hearing.

The 850 square foot office space John Lautner designed for James Goldstein on the 20th Floor of the 10100 Santa Monica Blvd. building is the only remaining pristine commercial work designed by Lautner. The Commission will tour the site and make a final decision regarding monument status in October.

Goldstein’s lease expires at the end of September, and the law firm of Loeb & Loeb plans to gut the entire floor in preparing to add the floor to their existing three floors within the building. The challenge is for Loeb & Loeb and the building owner to incorporate the culturally significant space as a conference room on that floor.

It is essential to preserve the work of one of America’s great architects, an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright, who, using Wright’s principals of organic architecture, established his own powerful expressive architecture integrating nature, space, according to Duncan Nicholson, spokesperson for The John Lautner Foundation.

Author Michael Webb, after visiting the office, said, “I know and love the best of Lautner’s architecture and this is a signature work in impeccable condition. The rectangular box is completely transformed by a folded roof plane of wood, and folded wall planes of brushed copper, glass and black slate. It’s a unique habitable sculpture.”

The John Lautner Foundation, in filing the application for city Cultural-Heritage Monument status, will continue to try to educate the new tenant and building owners of the importance of keeping intact this work of John Lautner’s, a masterpiece of the 20th Century, rather then destroying it.


* not built

List initially compiled at the direction of John Lautner by Frank Escher for John Lautner, Architect. Additions and detail notes are from various sources.

Year Client, project Location Other details
Whiting residence* Sun Valley, Idaho Transferred to Helena Arahuete, Architect, at Lautner’s death
Worchell remodel of Bell residence Los Angeles, CA Transferred to Duncan Nicholson, Architect, at Lautner’s death
Johns studio* Los Angeles, CA Terminated at Lautner’s death
Berns remodel of Jordan residence* Laguna Beach, CA Terminated at Lautner’s death
Wood residence* Malibu, CA Transferred to Helena Arahuete, Architect, at Lautner’s death
Shearing residence Coronado Cays
Friedberg-Rodman remodel of Zahn residence Los Angeles
Eicher remodel of Carling residence :Los Angeles
Marina Fine Arts store remodel Marina Del Rey
private residence California
Yokeno residence* Pacific Palisades Construction was begun but stopped soon after.
Miles Davis swimming pool* Malibu
Townsend residence* Malibu
Boykoff remodel Los Angeles
Goldstein offices Los Angeles
Goldstein remodel of Sheats residence Los Angeles Still in progress: Duncan Nicholson, Architect
Todd addition to Hancock residence Los Angeles
Walter remodel of Concannon residence* Beverly Hills
Haagen beach cabin* Malibu
Nicholas addition Beverly Hills
Roven residence* Beverly Hills
Beyer residence Malibu
Dan Stevens’ flower shop
‘Flowers That Bloom In the Spring, Tra la’
Los Angeles
Turner residence Aspen, CO
Schwimmer residence Los Angeles remodelled by new owners; Duncan Nicholson, architect
Krause residence Malibu
Zimmerman residence addition* Studio City
Celestial Arts office remodel* Millbrea
Ellersieck residence* Altadena
Lynn residence* Santa Barbara
Turner condominiums* Marina Del Rey
Crahan swimming pool Los Angeles
Rawlins residence Newport Beach
Bornstein residence* Los Angeles
Crippled Children’s Society Rehabilitation Center Woodland Hills
Segel residence Malibu, CA
Hope residence Palm Springs, CA
Aita addition for private discotheque* Los Angeles, CA
Pavilion for the Edward Dean Museum* Cherry Valley, CA
Goldsmith Residence project architect: Helena Arahuete
Aldrich remodel Los Angeles, CA
Cavalier Motel* (Dan Stevens) Los Angeles, CA
Hellinger residence* Pacific Palisades, CA
Curtiss residence* Hunting Valley, OH
Familian beach house* Malibu, CA
Starr residence* Bell Canyon, CA
Marco Wolff mountain cabin Idylwild
Burrell Ranch* Grayson County
Nature Center* Los Angeles
Nichols residence* Farmington, NM
Doumani duplex* Marina Del Rey, CA
Hurd residence* Horseshoe Bay, TX
John Lautner mountain cabin* Three Rivers, CA
Lucy residence* Horseshoe Bay, TX
Rosenthal residence* Las Vegas, NV
Arango residence Acapulco, Mexico
Jordan residence Laguna Beach, CA
Franklyn residence* Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dr. E. Little dental clinic* San Juan Capistrano, CA
Familian residence Beverly Hills, CA
Busustow cabin Lake Almanor, CA
Lueck residence* San Diego, CA
Raintree Inn for Dan Stevens* Grand Junction, CO
Garwood residence Malibu
Science building, Hilo Campus, University of Hawaii Hilo, Hawaii
Mills addition Flintridge, CA
Walstrom residence Los Angeles
HUD low-cost housing project*
Elrod residence Palm Springs, CA
Henry’s restaurant addition Glendale
Stevens residence Malibu Bay Colony, CA
Zimmerman residence Studio City, CA
Motor Inn Motel for Glenn Amundson* Glendale, CA
Laboratory and living quarters for Owens Valley Observatory, Cal Tech* Pasadena, CA
Peters residence* Thousand Oaks, CA
Robertson residence* Lake Hollywood, CA
Walker residence* Los Angeles, CA
Wolff Cabin remodel – “Windsong” Banning, CA Mountain cabin remodel
Headquarters, Marina View Heights San Juan Capistrano, CA
Harpel residence Anchorage, AK
Moser residence* Oakview, CA
Stanley Johnson residence Laguna Beach, CA
Clark residence* Los Angeles, CA
Newport Research Center* Newport Beach, CA
Rosen parking building* Los Angeles, CA
Conrad addition Fullerton, CA
Henry’s restaurant addition Alhambra, CA
Residence for Bay Cities Mortgages* Palos Verdes, CA
Bisharat residence* Los Angeles, CA
Fink residence* Los Angeles, CA
Goldsmith residence* Los Angeles, CA
Sheats residence Los Angeles, CA
Reiner residence (Silvertop) Los Angeles, CA
Wolff remodel Los Angeles, CA
Ballet school and theater* San Diego, CA
Fell residence* Beverly Hills, CA
Mann residence* Huntington Harbor, CA
Morris residence* Los Angeles, CA
Garcia residence Los Angeles, CA currently being restored by owners John McIlwee and Bill Damaschke, with architects Marmol Radziner + Associates
Henry’s restaurant addition Glendale, CA
Thiele addition to the Coneco Corporation House* Los Angeles, CA
Martel residence* Los Angeles, CA
Shusett office building* Los Angeles, CA
Preminger swimming pool Los Angeles, CA
Tolstoy residence Alta Loma, CA
Offices at 1777 N. Vine St. Los Angeles, CA
Wolff residence Hollywood, CA
Akers residence* Malibu, CA
Concannon residence Beverly Hills, CA demolished 2002
Malin residence (Chemosphere) Hollywood, CA contractor: John de la Vaux
remodelled by Frank Escher for current owner, B. Taschen, 2001
Midtown School Los Angeles, CA
Chapel of World Peace, dedicated to Dr Martin Luther King* Los Angeles, CA
Henry’s restaurant Alhambra, CA
Henry’s restaurant Santa Ana
Ernest Lautner residence Pensacola, FL
Olin office building* Claremont, CA
Glazier residence* Los Angeles, CA
Kaynar factory for K. Reiner Pico Rivera, CA
Hatherall residence Sun Valley, CA
Dolley apartments* Laguna Beach, CA
Pearlman residence* Santa Ana, CA
Sawyer residence* Los Angeles, CA
Sheanin residence* Los Angeles, CA
Lindenberg residence* Sherman Oaks, CA
Henry’s restaurant Pomona, CA
Pearlman residence Idyllwild, CA
Zahn residence Hollywood, CA
Harpel residence Hollywood, CA Originally one-story, JL “approved” a 2nd story addn by original owner (did not design it). A part of the carport was later enclosed to create another bedroom.

New owner Mark Haddawy removed second level and restored remainder of house: 2006-07

Seletz studio Los Angeles, CA
Speer contractors office building Los Angeles, CA
Crenshaw Methodist Church* Los Angeles, CA
Baldwin residence Los Angeles, CA
Henry’s restaurant addition Arcadia, CA
Beachwood market Hollywood, CA
Coneco Corporation House Los Angeles, CA
Fischer residence Los Angeles, CA
Lek remodel Studio City, CA
Deutsch residence Hollywood, CA
Bergren residence Hollywood, CA
Henry’s restaurant remodel Pasadena, CA
Payne addition San Dimas, CA
Tyler residence Studio City, CA
Leipziger remodel* Beverly Hills, CA
Pittenger residence* Los Angeles, CA
Carr residence Los Angeles, CA
Gootgeld residence Beverly Hills, CA
Howe residence Los Angeles, CA
Williams residence Hollywood, CA
Ewing residence* Los Angeles, CA
Baxter-Hodiak remodel Los Angeles, CA
Bick residence Brentwood, CA
Evans and Reeves exhibition stand Los Angeles, CA
Lippett remodel Los Angeles, CA
Alexander residence Long Beach, CA
Foster residence Sherman Oaks, CA
Harvey residence Los Angeles, CA contractor: John de la Vaux
restored by Kelly Lynch and Mitch Glazer, Helena Arahuete, architect
Shusett residence Beverly Hills, CA
Monroe residence* Los Angeles, CA
Noerdlinger residence* Playa Del Rey, CA
Dahlstrom residence Pasadena, CA
Googies Coffee House Los Angeles, CA
UPA Studios Burbank, CA
Schaffer residence Montrose, CA
Brooks addition* Studio City, CA
Lincoln Mercury showroom Glendale, CA
Sheats apartments (L’Horizon) Los Angeles, CA
Valley Escrow offices Sherman Oaks, CA
Abbot apartments* Los Angeles, CA
William Adams residence* Pasadena, CA
Ferber residence* Altadena, CA
Mayer residence* Pacific Palisades, CA
Ross residence* Los Angeles, CA
Stiff residence* Los Angeles, CA
Carling residence Los Angeles, CA
Desert Hot Springs Motel Desert Hot Springs, CA purchased by Steve Lowe in 2000. Restored by Lowe and reopened as motel in 2001; for sale by heirs of Steve Lowe in 2007
Gantvoort residence Flintridge, CA
Henry’s restaurant Glendale, CA
Jacobson residence Hollywood, CA
Polin residence Hollywood, CA
Eisele ski cabin Big Bear, CA
Eisele guest house Los Angeles, CA Under restoration to essentially original condition by James Rigler in 2007
Mauer residence Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles historical residence (Monument no. 481)
Darrow office building Beverly Hills, CA
Hancock residence Los Angeles, CA
Weinstein remodel Los Angeles, CA
Astor farm Indio, CA
Lautner residence Los Angeles, CA
Bell residence Los Angeles, CA
Springer residence Los Angeles, CA

Photographs of Lautner buildings

Opening photograph by Tycho Saariste

Photographs of Lautner buildings are available to view on the Foundation’s Picasaweb albums. Photographs in those albums are by various photographers, most of whom are not professional, who generously donated their work to the Foundation. Also check the links page for other sites with photos, and for information on photographers. Below: some of the photos in these albums:

Movies featuring Lautner buildings

The following list is offered without recommendation, either for or against. Thanks to Roger Reed and Martin Daoust in particular for their help in compiling this list. Please note that this list does not include commercials, as they are too numerous and change too quickly to keep track.

If you know of other films using Lautner buildings, please write.

Also see:

Music Videos:

Sheats-Goldstein) “We’ve Got Love”
2015, Def Jam Recordings
YouTube version (Thank you Cynthia Peoples for telling us about this one)

Snoop Dogg
(Sheats-Goldstein) “Let’s Get Blown” (preview clip)
shot Nov 04, released Feb 2005

To view the full video register (free!) and view it here:

Tracie Spencer
(Sheats-Goldstein) “It’s All About You (Not About Me)”, directed by Francis Lawrence in 1999.
See the youtube copy here:


Digilis (released 2015)

Short sci-fi adventure, written and directed by Peter Rox. (Sheats-Goldstein residence, Goldstein office)
Good views of Sheats-Goldstein bedroom, parts of living-pool area, entrance, James Turrell space, Goldstein office. See film and info on creators.

A Single Man (2009)

Colin Firth, directed by Tom Ford (Schaffer residence)
Excellent views of interior of residence. Minimal modifications to house. See info on film.

Happy Endings (2005)
Lisa Kudrow, Tom Arnold (Schaffer residence)

Charlie’s Angels part II: Full Throttle
Used Sheats-Goldstein residence.
Info on the filming:

Bandits (2001)
Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett, Bobby Slayton
A series of flashbacks intercut with an interview with a real-life crime show host (Bobby Slayton), conducted by bandits in the host’s home (Sheats-Goldstein residence).

Charlie’s Angels: first film
Not really a Lautner building, but the villain’s pad is modeled after the “chemosphere” (Malin residence). The filmmakers obtained permission from the Foundation to create a home based on Lautner buildings. The home in the film appears to be about twice, or more, the size of the original.

Information on the set:

The Big Lebowski
Sheats-Goldstein Residence
Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, star: Bridges as slacker mistaken for rich dude involved in big crime

Possessions (1997)
Directed by Andrew Blake
Sheats-Goldstein residence
ADULT film

Body Double
Malin house (“chemosphere”)
Murder viewed by a voyeur in the “spaceship” house

Diamonds are Forever
Starring Sean Connery as James Bond
Elrod House
Bambi and Thumper bounce on Bond in this house.

Less than Zero
starring Robert Downey jr
Silvertop (Reiner/Burchill residence)
Story of drug addiction among the youthful rich of Beverly Hills

Lethal Weapon 2
Starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover
” Rainbow house”
Gibson blows up a full-scale mockup of this house

Playing God
Starring David Duchovny
Sheats-Goldstein residence makes guest appearances

Starring James Garner, Paul Newman, Gene Hackman, Susan Sarandon
Jacobsen house (Thanks, Martin Daoust, for discovering which house)
Senior citizen sleuth works to solve mystery; confronts his own life.

directed by Andrew Blake
Sheats/Goldstein residence
CAUTION: adult film

Outer Limits
Second season: The Duplicate Man
Starring Ron Randell as Henderson James
“Chemosphere” (Malin house) is residence of scientist who assists James in stealing alien creature, the “Megasoid”. We view the chemosphere from the outside and below, and see James ride up the lift, but a set is used for the inside that in no way resembles the actual interior.