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News on the foundation and on John Lautner

Wolf’s Lair, including Lautner-designed gate and remodel, for sale

A “castle” in the Hollywood hills, built by Hollywoodland developer Milton Wolf, is for sale. The property includes a modest guest house purported to be designed by John Lautner. A few photographs of the guest house can be found on the Joe Darrell Location Service website. John Lautner actually designed the entrance gate and remodeled and enlarged the guest house. According to, the buildings on the site were originally built in 1924 and 1927, well before Mr. Lautner became an architect.

A second open house is scheduled for Tuesday, June 24, 2008. Please contact Brian Moore for details:

Laura and Brian Moore
The Moore Group
Keller Williams Realty
4652 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Vintage, character & architectural specialists.
Office: 323-300-1090
Cell: 310-849-4990
Fax 323-300-1024

Hammer tours expanded to four

Photo of Sheats-Goldstein residence by Tycho Saariste

The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles has recently confirmed four tours of Lautner buildings. According to the museum website the tours are:

Tour I: Sunday, July 27, 2008
Tickets: $145 each

The Harpel Residence (1956)
The Tyler Residence (1953)
The Schwimmer Residence (1982)

Tour II: Sunday, September 14, 2008
Tickets: $145 each

The Jacobsen Residence (1947)
The Harvey Residence (1950)
The Reiner Residence – also known as Silvertop (1963)

Tour III: Sunday, August 24, 2008
Tickets: $55 each

Sheats/Goldstein Residence (1963)

Tour IV: Sunday, October 12, 2008
Tickets: $55 each

Sheats/Goldstein Residence (1963)

Ticket prices are listed above and include admission to the exhibition, shuttle service, discounted parking, and an active level friendship to the MAK Center at the Schindler House.

To purchase tickets for the first two tours, you must be a member of the Hammer Museum at the Contributor level or above. Up to four (4) tickets can be purchased per membership. For more information on Hammer membership, click here. For tours III and IV you do not need a Hammer membership.


For more information on Between Heaven and Earth: The Architecture of John Lautner, click here.

Hammer screenings

The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles is screening four films that feature Lautner buildings from Friday, July 18 through Sunday, July 20. The films are:

Diamonds are Forever (Elrod house)
Less than Zero (Silvertop)
The Big Lebowski (Sheats-Goldstein residence)
Body Double (Chemosphere – Malin residence)

Check the Hammer website for more information:

New Owners of Lautner’s Desert Hot Springs Motel

The Desert Hot Springs Motel, which had to be sold after the untimely death of Steve Lowe, has been purchased. The new owners are:

Tracy Beckmann, Interior Designer
Tracy Beckmann Design

Ryan Trowbridge

Ms. Beckmann and Mr. Trowbridge have joined the Foundation.

The motel was built in 1947, as the first phase in a motel development that was never completed. The pool that was built with it was demolished several years ago, so the four-unit motel is all that remains of the original plan. The motel rooms were rented as apartments for many years, until Steve Lowe purchased the motel in the early 2000s and restored it. It then became a destination motel for many, including many on the Foundation board of directors.

The motel had to be closed soon after Steve Lowe’s death. The new owners have not announced their plans for the building.

Furniture in picture by Charles Hollis Jones

Tours to be offered by Hammer during exhibit run

Opening photo by Tycho Saariste

The Hammer Museum, working with the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, will be offering tours of Lautner homes during the time the Hammer Lautner exhibit is running in Los Angeles. The exhibit will run from July 13 – October 12, 2008. Two tours have been confirmed: July 27 and September 14.

Only Hammer museum members (at the “Contributor” level and above) are permitted to purchase tickets, which go on sale June 16.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit the Hammer exhibit webpage at or the MAK Center at