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Memorial Celebration for Karol Lautner Peterson Planned

The Foundation will host a celebration of the life of Karol Lautner Peterson on

September 27, 2015
at 2:00 p.m.

in the

Barnsdall Gallery Theater
4800 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Friends of Karol and the Foundation are welcome.  There will be speakers, photographs, and music in the theater, followed by a small reception in the upstairs lobby.

Please RSVP through the Foundation Facebook page or by email to

Hotel Lautner Tours Part of Modernism Week

The Hotel Lautner (aka Desert Hot Springs Motel) is offering three different tours on February 17, 2014:

Tour 1: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm  – $50

Tour 2: 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm – $50

Tour the hotel, check out the planned event space

VIP Twilight Tour: 4:30 – 6:00  –  $75

Tour the hotel and event space, meet the owners, enjoy appetizers and wine

VIP Twilight Tour & Dinner: 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm  –  $125

Twilight tour plus four-course tasting and wine pairing at the new Essense restaurant at the Two Bunch Palms Resort

Questions? Call 760-837-1800 ext 200.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit The John Lautner Foundation. Reserve your space through Modernism Week
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“Dinner in a Lautner” offered at Gala

Entrance to Harpel residence


April 29, 2012

At the July 2011 Gala event, held at the Harpel residence, four special auction items were offered:

Intimate dinners in Lautner houses with well-known chefs (who donated their food and time).

The houses included were:

Sheats-Goldstein (won by Ryan Trowbridge with Tracy Beckmann). Chef: Corina Weibel of Canalé; wine selections by LOU. Dinner for 10 people. This dinner took place in December, 2011.

Gala at the Harpel residence in Hollywood

Schwimmer (won by Michaela Abrams). Chef: Onil Chibas of Elements Cafe; wine selections by LOU. Dinner for 8 people. This dinner has not yet taken place.

Rawlins (won by Eleanor Schapa). Chef: David Sanfield of Pitfire Pizza; wine selections by LOU. Dinner for 6 people. This dinner has not yet taken place.

Wolff (won by Eleanor Schapa). Chef: Anna Thomas, author of “Love Soups” and “Vegetarian Epicure”; wine selections by LOU. Dinner for 4 people. This dinner has not yet taken place.

These dinners were among the many interesting items offered at the auction, which also included original photographs by Helena Arahuete, a gift certificate to Hotel Lautner, a private tour of the Sheats-Goldstein residence, and many other valuable items.  The Foundation plans to offer other similar dinners only rarely, because of the great amount of planning and coordination involved.

This is one of a series of articles on the events that took place during the celebration of John Lautner’s 100th birthday.

Come to the Hotel Lautner Open House February 19

**UPDATE Feb. 14, 2012: This event is SOLD OUT. Those who have purchased tickets for the open house and are on the waiting list for dinner will remain on the waiting list (for dinner) until we know whether there will be seating available. There is no waiting list for the open house.**

On Sunday, February 19, the Hotel Lautner (formerly known as the Desert Hot Springs Motel) will open from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The hotel owners, Tracy Beckmann and Ryan Trowbridge, will be there to chat and answer questions, along with members of the Board of Directors of The John Lautner Foundation.

Visitors will have an opportunity to include a three-course dinner that same night at the legendary Two Bunch Palms in Desert Hot Springs  or a one-year membership to the Foundation for an extra charge.

Space is limited so make your reservations now! The details:

Hotel Lautner Tour
Date: Sunday, February 19, 2012
Time: 3:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: Hotel Lautner – 67710 San Antonio Street, Desert Hot Springs [See map below]
Space is limited. Note our sponsors below, who have made it possible for the Foundation to benefit from this event.


$25 for tour
$50 for tour and one year membership in the John Lautner Foundation
$55 tour and dinner*
$80 tour, membership and dinner*

* A THREE COURSE DINNER includes all three courses, gratuities and taxes
in the legendary Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa
67425 Two Bunch Palms Trail, Desert Hot Springs, CA [See map below]

Seatings: 5:30, 6:00 and 6:30 pm February 19. ***UPDATE: Dinners are sold out, but there is a waiting list in case tables open up for more. ***

Register here: Note that there aren’t any actual tickets. There will be a check-in desk at the hotel.

Proceeds benefit the John Lautner Foundation, a 501 (c) nonprofit organization.


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Register for Gala Now

Join The John Lautner Foundation for an exclusive evening at the iconic and newly restored Harpel Residence, benefiting the Foundation’s Preservation Fund. Guests will be treated to intimate home tours of the Harpel Residence and a special auction featuring rare Lautner memorabilia and other items. The evening will also honor early Lautner clients Leonard Malin and Ken Reiner, the original owners of the Chemosphere Residence (1960) and Silvertop Residence (1963), respectively.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

6:00 pm, Intimate Home Tour

7:00 pm, Cocktails and Hors d’Oeuvres, Awards Presentation and Auction

Harpel Residence (1956), Hollywood Hills

Tickets $250

Register here:



Complete event details, including directions to the Harpel Residence, will be sent separately upon ticket purchase.

Mistress of Ceremonies
Linda Dishman, Executive Director, Los Angeles Conservancy

Guests of Honor and Recipients of The John Lautner Foundation Award
Leonard Malin, Client, Chemosphere (1960)
Ken Reiner, Client, Silvertop (1963)

Gala Host Committee
Michela O’Connor Abrams
Thomas Demand
Mark Haddawy
Ray Kappe
Kelly Lynch
Karol Lautner Peterson
Ann Philbin
Arianne Phillips
Jeremy Scott
Eric Lloyd Wright

Gala Sponsor

Save These Dates!

Many activities celebrating John Lautner’s 100th birthday are planned, but most of the details are not yet certain. At this time we can offer the following information and dates:


April 9 & 10: celebration at Munich Filmmuseum: feature film (A Single Man), both documentaries on Lautner, shorts and experimental films, panel discussions. Check with filmmuseum for details.


July 16: John Lautner’s birthday.

Los Angeles City Proclamation: John Lautner Day

Week starting July 16 (Sat):

Birthday party, hosted by Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Small temporary exhibit featuring preservation of the Goldstein Office

Preservation panel discussion and slides



July 17: LA Lautner Home Tour: joint event of John Lautner Foundation and MAK Center for Art and Architecture


July 18th – 24th (dates not certain): Two- or three-day film festival featuring Lautner documentaries, feature films that use Lautner homes, shorts, experimental films, panel discussions



August 19: Opening of new John Lautner exhibition at Northern Michigan University’s DeVos art museum, curated by the museum director, Melissa Metuscak



Sept. 2: Reception for above exhibit


Other events to be held in the fall include a preservation symposium, visit to the Lautner archive at Getty Special Collections, a JLF fundraiser party with focus on preservation fund, and a small photographic exhibit.


Foundation events

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.

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Memberships: The Foundation is now accepting members. Check the membership page for information.