"The purpose of Architecture is to improve human life. Create timeless, free, joyous spaces for all activities in life. The infinite variety of these spaces can be as varied as life itself and they must be as sensible as nature in deriving from a main idea and flowering into a beautiful entity." -- John Lautner
JOHN EDWARD LAUTNER, JR. FAIA (1911-1994)
John Lautner was born in Marquette MI of academic parents at a local college now called Northern Michigan University. He first attended the University of Michigan but left soon after starting. In 1933, he graduated from Northern Michigan University in English and began a six-year job with Frank Lloyd Wright -- in the first class of Taliesin Fellows at Spring Green WI. His fiancée Mary (MaryBud) Faustina Roberts Lautner (1913-1995) was also an early Taliesin Fellow. They married in 1934.
For Wright, Lautner supervised Fallingwater in Pennsylvania and the Johnson Wax Building in Wisconsin. He also oversaw a Wright design for his mother-in-law Abby Beecher Roberts, the Deertrack house in Marquette MI. The Lautners moved to California in 1937 for John to oversee the construction of Wright's Sturges and Oboler houses. In 1943, he left Wright to work for Structon Company on military projects.
Lautner worked in 1944 for and became partner in 1945 with Douglas Honnold who was primarily an interior designer. In 1947, Lautner departed after an affair with Honnold's wife, Elizabeth Gilman (Gilly) Honnold. That put an end to the formal partnership although the two men remained friends. After divorcing MaryBud in 1950, he married Elizabeth. MaryBud returned to Marquette MI with their children, Karol (born 1938), Michael (born 1942), and Mary Beecher (born 1944).
Lautner did not receive his architectural license until 1952. His clients were "either rich bastards or poor geniuses," according to his stepdaughter, Elizabeth Honnold Harris.
Known for his residences, Lautner was also well-known for the commercial genre named for his design of Googie's Coffee Shop in Los Angeles. Distinctive for its expansive glass walls, arresting form, and exuberant signage oriented to automobiles, Googie became a fixture in 1950s America but was regularly ridiculed by the architectural community. Lautner's reputation suffered, despite that fact his designs were as good as ever. Following some lean years, he rose again in the 1960s with the “Chemosphere” pedestal house and poured-concrete houses such as the Elrod Residence in Palm Springs.
His wife Elizabeth died in 1978. In 1982 Lautner married her caretaker, Francesca Hernandez. Lautner was named Architect for the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics. Upon his death, brilliant Lautner protégé Helena Arahuete took over the firm. He was the subject of the documentary Infinite Space.
Please note that this list does not generally include: additions, remodels, or pools for houses Lautner did not design; projects he did for Frank Lloyd Wright.
1940 - The John Lautner House, 2007 Micheltorena Street, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned 1939. He lived here until the 1970's. 1244 square feet. Built by Paul Speer. As of 2007, the owners were Clare and Eric Frith. Top photo by Edward Van Altena.
1940 - The Norman Springer House, 2215 Park Drive, Los Angeles CA. This 610 sf one-bedroom house was Lautner’s first client in a solo practice. Commissioned in 1938, the house was built in 1940 by builder Paul Speer. Sold in 1998 to Michael Webster. Sold in 1999 to Christy Keeny, who also purchased the adjacent property. Remodeled in 2014 by Michelle Marks and Diana Kunce. Bottom three photos by Genaro Molina.
1941 - The L. N. Bell House, 7714 Woodrow Wilson Drive, West Hollywood area of Los Angeles CA. Built by Paul Speer. Restorations were planned by Lautner in 1993 but not completed. Architect John Ash completed an addition and remodel different from Lautner's. As of 2007, sold to Larry and Laura Worchell. Bottom photo by Jan-Richard Kikkert.
1942 - The Astor Farm Caretaker's Cottage, Indio CA. Destroyed.
1946 - The Hancock House, 2107 West Silver Lake Drive, Los Angeles CA. Designed with and while working for Doug Hannold. Sold to the Todd family. Remodeled by Lautner for the Todds in 1989; Lautner associate Vaughan Trammel was the project architect. Bottom photo by Tycho Saariste.
1947 - The Foster Carling House, 7144 Hockey Trail, Los Angeles CA. Sold to Eicher. Lautner did a remodel in 1991. Sold to Steve Ramser. Sold in 2013 to the Edward J. Harris trust. Sold in 2014 t0 Jeremy Scott.
1947 - The Edgar and Allison Mauer House, 932 Rome Drive, Los Angeles CA. Lautner designed prefabricated column and beam elements which were installed by a subcontactor to reduce costs. The Mauers were their own general contractor. Bottom photo by Ezra Stoller/ESTO. Deeded to the Mauer Family Trust.
1947 - The Jacobsen Residence, 3540 Multiview Drive, Hollywood CA. Sold to Daniel E. Schneider. Sold in 2005 to Barbara Cangas and William Childers. Deeded to Barbara and Williams Childers. Photos by Melissa Gluck. Used in the movie Twilight (1998).
1947 - The Florence Polin House, next door to Jacobsen and very similar, 3542 Multiview Drive, Hollywood CA. Sold in 2004 to Brent Bolthouse. Rented for a few years. Sold in 2011 to Maximillian Canepa.
1947 - The Eisele Ski
Cabin, Big Bear CA. Unbuilt.
1947 - The Henry L. Jaffee House, designed by Doug Honnold. Lautner was the associate architect. James Charlton also participated in the design. Probably not built. Featured in Arts and Architecture, April 1947. Needs verification.
1948 - The Abbot Apartments. Unbuilt. This was to be a 4-unit repeatable apartment complex in which the cylinders were stacked into two stories.
1948 - The William Adams Residence, Pasadena CA. Unbuilt.
1948 - The Ferber Residence, Altadena CA. Unbuilt.
1948 - The Ross
Residence, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1948 - The Stiff Residence, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1948 - The Jules Salkin Residence, 1430 Avon Terrace, Los Angeles CA. For decades this was considered unbuilt. Then, in 2014, it suddenly surfaced on the market for sale. Arthur Silvers designed an addition in 1966, which was completed. Sold to the Kovner Family Trust. Sold in 2012 to Steven Gutierrez Kovner and Melinda Maxwell Smith. The house was a rental 1997-2014. Sold in 2014 to Trina Turk and Jonathan Skow.
1948 - The Mayer Residence, Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1948 -The Arthur Eisele Guest House, 7301 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned in 1946 for Eisele's mother, Hazel, who moved into the house in 1948. In 1956, Eisele sold the house to Lloyd Rigler, who over the years protected the amazing views by buying up surrounding lots and keeping them unbuilt. Rigler never lived in the house - it sat mostly unused for many years. Upon Rigler's death, the house transferred in 2003 to nephew Jamie Rigler who did a restoration. As of 2014, still owned by a Rigler-related foundation. Bottom photo by Jan-Richard Kikkert.
1949 - The W. F. and Dorothy Gantvoort House, 3778 Hampstead Road, La Canada Flintridge CA. 1804 sf. Built by the owners. The engineer was Edgardo Contini. Sold in 2004 to William McMillen. Sold to Paul Masson in 2007. Sold in 2009 to Javier and Daniella Hernandez. Photos by Dorothy Tomlinson.
1949 - The Schaeffer Residence, 527 Whiting Woods Road, Glendale CA. 1698 sf. Designed for Evelyn L. Ellis, the mother of one of Lautner's employees, Jim Langenheim. She lived there through the mid-1980's. Sold in 2001 to actor Michael O'Keefe. Sold in 2003 to Michael Wiesburg. Sold in 2005 to David Zander who did a full restoration. Featured in the films Happy Endings (2005) and A Single Man (2009). Sold in 2012 to Christopher Palmer. Bottom two photos by Tim Street-Porter. Top photo by Elizabeth Daniels.
1949 - The Grant Dahlstrom
780 Laguna Road, Pasadena CA.
1853 square feet.
1950 - The Leo M. and Lena Harvey House, aka the Harvey Aluminum House, 2180 West Live Oak Drive, Los Feliz area of Los Angeles CA. 6788 sf. A variety of owners had worn the house to where it advertised as a teardown. Sold in 1998 to Mitch Glazer and Kelly Lynch, pictured above. Restored from 1998 to 2001 by Lautner principal Helena Arahuete. John de la Veaux was the original builder and came back for the restoration to work with general contractor Robin Poirier. George Haney and Son did the mechanical. Landscaping by Good Earth Enterprises. Lighting by Gilbertson Electrical. House photos by Alan Weintraub. Glazer and Lynch photo by the New York Times.
1950 - The Louise Foster House, 4235 Las Cruces Drive, Sherman Oaks CA. 964 sf. One bedroom, one bathroom. Owned by Richard and Marjorie Foster since approximately 1990. Rented to actor Rex Linn for about 20 years. Bottom photo by Tycho Saariste.
1950 - The Monroe House, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1950 - The Noerdlinger House, Playa del Ray CA. Unbuilt.
1951 - The George and
Grace F. Alexander House,
5281 East El Roble Street,
Long Beach CA.
1951 - The David Shusett House, 9340 Monte Leon Lane, Beverly Hills CA. Top five photos by Jan-Richard Kikkert and Tycho Saariste. According to the John Lautner Foundation, the house was built to curve around a major tree. The original plans were drawn by Louis Weihle who was in Lautner’s office at the time. Although it has been remodeled extensively, the basic structure survived until the end. Despite offers to buy the property or move the house, owners Enrique and Katalin Mannheim, who purchased it in 1987, destroyed the house in September 2010. Demolition photos by Mark Haddawy.
1951 - The Baxter Hodiak Remodel, 8650 Pine Tree Place, Los Angeles CA. Behind a Norman facade lives a Modernist interior designed for Frank Lloyd Wright's granddaughter, Anne Baxter. Sold to agent Hal Gefsky in 1966, who owned it for over 40 years. Sold in late 2009 to Develop Re Inc. Photos by Scott Mayoral.
1952 - The Lester and Mildred (Millie) Bick Residence, 220 North Rockingham Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Destroyed 1990. Do you have any photos?
1952 - The Ewing Residence, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1952 - The Fern Hepler Carr Renovation, 233 South Palm Drive, Beverly Hills CA. Commissioned 1951. The remodel included living, dining and kitchen as well as the addition of two bedrooms. Featured in a February 1953, August 1952, and April 1953 Sunset Magazine articles. Landscape design by Jane L. Taylor. Has been extensively remodeled. Several other owners. Sold around 2009 to the Mosum E. Tsui Trust.
1952 - The Nouard Gootgeld Residence, 1167 Summit Drive, Beverly Hills CA. Built by Lautner and Gootgeld; Doug Hannold did the interiors. Sold to the Cameo family in 1958 when Gootgeld passed away. Sold to the Rothchild family. There may have been yet another owner. Sold around 1974 to Priscilla Presley, who restructured the house down to its beams to create a giant Italianate villa. Photos from Carolyn Gootgeld Levine. The shadow in the last two photos is John Lautner.
1952 - The Harry A. Williams Residence, 3329 Ledgewood Drive, Los Angeles CA. Built by Kenneth V. Johnson. As of 2009, still owned by Williams. Photos by Jan-Richard Kikkert.
1953 - The Tyler House, 3612 Woodhill Canyon Road, Studio City CA. Sold to Peter Tangen in 1993. In 1996 Tangen did a full restoration down to the studs with the oversight of Frank Escher, Helena Arahuete, and Tracy Stone; construction by Sid Loving. A 2001 softcore film Aria was shot at the house without Tangen's consent. In 2008, with the owner's approval, the house was used in The Human Contract. For rent. Bottom four photos by Peter Tangen.
1953 - The Ted Bergren House, 7316 Caverna Drive, Los Angeles CA. Burned down in the late 1950's. Lautner rebuilt it plus an addition. Sold to Teri Sue Wolf. Sold in 2004 to Robbie E. Brenner. Sold again in 2004 to Christian Lamb. Became a rental. Photos 1,3,4,5 by Jim Simmons.
1953 - The Howe Residence, Silver Lake area, Los Angeles CA. Bottom photo by Tycho Saariste. Address unknown; do you know where it is?
1953 - The Castagna House, 6144 Linforth Drive, Los Angeles CA. As of 2010, still belongs to the Castagna family as a rental.
1953 - The Pittenger House, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1954 - The Lawrence E. Deutsch Residence, 7163 Macapa Street, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned 1950. Sold to Francisco M. Montfort. Sold in 1997 to the Montfort Family Trust. Sold in 2003 to Peter and Tyra Siphron.
1955 - The Coneco
Corporation House, Sherman Oaks CA.
1955 - The Harry C. Fischer House, 2487 Canyon Oak Drive, Los Angeles CA. Sold in 2004 to Lawrence M. Levenstein.
1955 - The Baldwin House, 1949 Micheltorena Street, Los Angeles CA. As of 2013, still owned by the Rosemary Baldwin Trust. Photo by Tycho Saariste.
1956 - The Willis Harpel Residence I, 7764 West Torreyson Drive, Los Angeles CA. Sold to Peter and Annette Fulgelso. Sold in 2006 to Mark Haddawy who did a complete restoration, including ripping out a second story addition and recreating Lautner's original interior details. Photos by Gary Friedman.
1956 - The Stanley and Jeanne Johnson Residence, 789 Pearl Street, Laguna Beach CA. Sold to Robert Gage. Top two photos by Jan-Richard Kikkert.
1957 - The Carl and Agnes Pearlman
52820 Middleridge Drive, Idyllwild-Pine
1957 - The Paul Zahn Residence, 2880 Hollyridge Drive, Los Angeles CA. Built by Kenneth V. Johnson. Sold in 1992 to Howard Rodman and Anne Friedberg, who had Lautner do a renovation that year. Transferred to the Rodman/Friedberg Trust. Larger photos by Jan-Richard Kikkert. Featured in DWELL February 2002.
1958 - The George Hatherall House, 10160 Maude Avenue, Shadow Hills CA. Sold in 1999 to Ted Sprague and Bill Hargate. Has been extensively remodeled. Top photo by Zachary Cornwell. 3.36 acres. Sold in 2009 to Bert Voorhees and Catherine Arias.
1958 - The Ernest S. and Mildred Lautner House, aka the Round House, 539 El Cerrito Place, Pensacola FL. The client was Lautner's cousin. The house is circular with brick walls that taper, using 67 radial Douglas Fir beams and a 14-foot central pillar. The home was featured in the Pensacola News Journal of November 2, 1958. Sold to his son Max Lautner. Addition in 1991 by John Lautner. The house today is in mint condition. Stephen Lautner, son of Max, owns it as of 2012. An additional design by John Lautner was not built. Bottom color photos by Tycho Saariste.
1958 - The Pearlman House, Santa Ana CA. Unbuilt.
1958 - The Sawyer House, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1958 - The Sheanin House, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1959 - The Glazier House, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1958 - The Iwerks House, Sherman Oaks CA. James Charlton was an architect in Lautner's studio. He left the practice and took the client. Remodeled by architect Tracy Stone. Photo by Tycho Saariste. Address unknown; do you know where it is?
1958 - The Lindenberg House, Sherman Oaks CA. Unbuilt.
1960 - The Leonard J. Malin Residence, aka Chemosphere, 776 Torreyson Drive, Los Angeles CA. Built by John de la Vaux. In 1976, the house's second owner, Dr. Richard Kuhn, was stabbed to death there in a robbery. Sold to John Phillips and Linda Douglas. Location for the movie Body Double. Sold in 2000 to Benedikt and Angelika (Lauren) Taschen. Restored in 2001 by Frank Escher of Escher Gunewarda. Landscaping and railings by architects Nicholson Wirts. Featured in the movies Infinite Space and Visual Acoustics. Deeded to Benedikt Taschen, who preserves it and uses it only for entertaining, living elsewhere.
1960 - The Concannon Residence, 10106 Angelo View Drive, Beverly Hills CA. Sold to the Walters. Remodeled by Lautner in the early 1980's. Sold to neighbor James Goldstein in 1993. Rented to Andrea Kreuzhage from 1995 to 2002. She redesigned and updated the bedroom and kitchen. Goldstein destroyed the house in 2002 to "perfect" the expansion of his other Lautner house next door. Bottom three photos by Andrea Kreuzhage.
1960 - The Alto Capistrano Sales Office, 34000 Via de Agua, San Juan Capistrano CA. Orginally was a sales center/house for a planned development that never happened. Has been sold. Later owners converted the building to a public gym.
1961 - The Akers House, Malibu CA. Unbuilt.
1962 - The Russ Garcia House, aka Rainbow, 7436 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles, CA. Featured (and destroyed) in Lethal Weapon 2. Sold to Vincent Gallo. Sold in 2002 to Bill Damaschke and John McIlwee. Once described by the New York Times as a "Quonset hut made of glass," the home was restored in 2008 by architects Marmol Radziner and New York decorator Darren Brown. Bottom photo by Benny Chan.
1962 - The Martel Residence, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1963 - The Fell Residence, Beverly Hills CA. Unbuilt.
1963 - The Mann Residence, Huntington Beach CA. Unbuilt.
1963 - The Morris Residence, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1963 - The Paul and Helen Sheats House, aka the Sheats-Goldstein House, 10104 Angelo View Drive, Beverly Hills CA, high above Benedict Canyon. James (Jim) Goldstein bought the house in 1972. The house was featured in The Big Lebowski, Bandits, Charlie's Angels Part II: Full Throttle, and countless photos shoots and commercials. Architect Duncan Nicholson, formerly with Lautner's firm, did many remodeling projects for Goldstein including the addition of a nightclub, offices, guest house, and a tennis court, top photo. New construction began in 2005 and was still ongoing as of 2014.
1963 - The Marco Wolff House, 8530 Hedges Place, West Hollywood CA. Guest wing and pool added by Lautner in 1963. Bought by Vincent Gallo. Sold to Michael La Fetra. Sold in 2008 to Wolff Residence LLC. Has been on the market several times since 2008.
1964 - The Reiner-Burchill Residence, aka Silvertop, 2138 Micheltorena Street, Los Angeles CA. Built ty Wally Niewiadomski. Originally owned by Ken Reiner, who commissioned it in 1956. Reiner's business got in trouble, his wife left him, and the house sat for a decade, mostly complete but still unfinished. Reiner never lived there. Sold in 1974 to Jacklyn and Phillip Burchill who engaged Lautner to complete it. Sold in 2014 to Luke Wood.
1964 - The Bay Cities Mortgages Residence, Palos Verdes CA. Unbuilt.
1964 - The Bisherat Residence, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1964 - The Fink Residence, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1964 - The Goldsmith House, Sherman Oaks CA. Unbuilt.
1965 - The Clark Residence, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1966 - The Willis Harpel House #2,
Stanford Drive, College Village, Anchorage, Alaska.
1966 - The Moser Residence, Oakview CA. Unbuilt.
1968 - The Arthur Elrod House, 2175 Southridge Drive, Palm Springs CA. Featured in the James Bond movie Diamonds are Forever. 9000 square feet on 23.25 acres. Five bedrooms and five and a half baths. Lautner did remodels in 1971 and again in the late 1970's. Photos by Joshua White. Featured in the movie Infinite Space. Sold in 2012 to Southridge Houses.
1968 - The Dan Stevens Residence, 78 Malibu Colony Road, Malibu CA. No public access - gated community. Named 1971 House of the Year by Architectural Record. Lautner did a remodel in 1985. Sold in 2002 to Kristi Stevens. Sold to Kathleen Austin in 2004. Sold in 2005 to Kathleen and Steve Austin. Sold in 2007 to Michael La Fetra. Sold in 2008 to 78 Malibu Colony Road LLC. For sale 2013-in 2015.
1968 - The Wayne Zimmerman Residence, 3848 Berry Drive, Studio City CA. Lautner designed an addition in 1982 which was not built. Photo by Tycho Saariste.
1968 - The Robertson House, Lake Hollywood CA. Unbuilt.
1968 - The Walker House, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1968 - The Marco Wolff Mountain Cabin Remodel, aka Windsong, 48700 Twin Pines Road, Banning CA. Sold in 1992 to Patrick and Gloria Smith.
1972 - The Garwood Residence, 28815 Grayfox Street, Malibu CA. Commissioned 1971. Was remodeled in 1977 without Lautner. Sold in 1996 to developer Donald Sher, who later put it in a trust. For sale from 2010-2014. Sold in 2014 to Magical Kingdom Land Trust, controlled by Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin. They did an interior remodel.
1971 - The Lueck House, San Diego CA. Unbuilt.
1971 - The Moen House, Laguna Beach CA. Unbuilt.
1971 - The Gary and Elizabeth Familian House, 1011 Cove Way, Beverly Hills CA. May have been owned by Rock Hudson (unverified). Sold to Frederick M. Nicholas. Lautner did a renovation in 1987. Sold to Robert (Bobby) and Nina Kotick as of 2007. Middle photo by Tycho Saariste. Bottom photo by Lewis Schoeplein.
1973 - The Jeronimo Arango House, aka Casa Marbrisa, Primera Cerrada Vientos Cardinales (1a. Cda. Vientos Cardinales), Acapulco, Mexico. 25000 square feet. Structural engineer, T.Y. Lin. Helena Arahuete designed this with Lautner her first year at his firm. Second photo by Sarah Sackner. Featured in the movie Infinite Space and many other documentaries.
1973 - The Franklyn House, northwest of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Unbuilt.
1973 - The Hurd Residence, Horseshoe Bay TX. Unbuilt.
1974 - The Lautner Mountain Cabin, Three Rivers, Tulare CA. Unbuilt.
1974 - The Nichols House, Farmington NM. Unbuilt.
1974 - The Lucy Residence, Horseshoe Bay TX. Unbuilt.
1974 - The Rosenthal Residence, Las Vegas NV. Unbuilt.
1974 - The Ann and Peter Tolstoy House, 9540 Hillside Road, Rancho Cucamonga CA. Commissioned way back in 1961! The Tolstoys did much of the construction themselves over 13 years. Sold to Donald and Debra Morgan.
1976 - The Curtiss Residence, Hunting Valley OH. Unbuilt. Recalled by Lautner associate Warren Lawson. The project architect was Kay M. Henderson.
1976 - The Familian Beach House, Malibu CA. Unbuilt.
1976 - The Starr Residence, Bell Canyon area of Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1976 - The Stephen (Steve) Reginald
Bosustow and Audrey Stevenson Bosustow Cabin,
1976 - The Hellinger Residence, Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1978 - The Johanna and William Jordan House, 1617 Emerald Bay, Laguna Beach CA. Commissioned 1973. Sold around 1991 to Tricia and Michael (Mike) Berns. Lautner was working on a renovation when he died. Top three photos by Jan-Richard Kikkert. Bottom four photos by Brad Dunning, who did interiors for the renovation.
1978 - The Goldsmith Residence. Unbuilt. Helena Aruhuete was the project architect.
1979 - The Joann F. and Gilbert (Gil) N. Segel Residence, 22426 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu CA. The project architect was Warren Lawson. Sold to actors David and Courteney Cox Arquette through a trust managed by Richard Shepard. Sold in 2007 to Frank and Jamie McCourt. The McCourts bought the three-bedroom, three bathroom house next door in 2008 as a guest house. Deeded in 2012 to Jamie McCourt. Top and bottom photos by Julius Shulman.
1979 - The Bob and Dolores Hope Residence, 2466 Southridge Drive, Palm Springs CA. Close to the Elrod House. Has 17,531 square feet, has six bedrooms and nearly ten bathrooms. Located in a gated community, no access. Commissioned 1973. The first design burned down during construction. Dolores Hope made sweeping interior changes to the second design - so much so that Lautner eventually distanced himself from the project. Photos by Tasya Van Ree and Warren Lawson. Deeded to daughter Linda Hope. For sale 2013-2015.
About 1979 - The Ron Popeil Residence, Colewater Canyon area of Los Angeles CA, recalled by Lautner associate Warren Lawson. Unbuilt.
About 1980 - The DePortillo Residence, located near Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House, recalled by Lautner associate Roger Bennett. The client, Mrs. DePortillo, wanted the most beautiful house in Los Angeles. After many schemes, the client decided not to build.
1980 - The Robert and Marjorie Rawlins Residence, 804 South Bayfront, Newport Beach CA. The project architect was Warren Lawson. Built on the last bayfront lot on Balboa Island. 2100 sf. Robert died in 1993 and Marjorie died in 2009. Sold to 8530 Hedges Place LLC.
1980 - The Bornstein House, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1981 - The Turner Condominiums, Marina Del Rey CA. Unbuilt.
1981 - The Lynn Residence, Santa Barbara CA. A 5000-square-foot concrete house. Unbuilt.
1981 - The Ellersieck Residence, Altadena CA. Unbuilt.
1982 - The Allan Turner and Jude Risk-Turner Residence, 51 Heather Lane, Aspen CO. Designed with William Poss. Lautner described it as "creating a snowdrift in winter and a grass mound in summer". Two million pounds of post-inch steel run under the house, holding it together like a bow and arrow. When snow piles on the house or when there's a change in humidity or heat, the roof moves up or down. Sold in 2002 to Milton and Saralyn Sidley who have done remodeling. Bottom photo by Jan-Richard Kikkert. Featured in the movie Infinite Space.
1982 - The Alden Schwimmer Residence, 1435 Bella Drive, Beverly Hills CA. Top two photos by Marissa Gluck. Sold to Harriet Selling-Canepa who did renovations led by architect Duncan Nicholson. Sold in 2009 to Fred Droesch. Sold in 2014 to First Regional Bank Trust of Greensboro NC.
1983 - The Morton A. and Sandy Krause House, 24444 Malibu Road, Malibu CA. According to Roger Bennett, the project architect, the original owners intended it as a spec house but loved it so much they stayed. Sold in 1994 to the Rice Trust. Sold in 2000 to Richard (Dick) and Cindy Troop, who put it in a trust. Top three photos by Jan-Richard Kikkert; rest by Simon Berlyn. For rent in 2015.
1984 - The Ring House, Malibu CA. Unbuilt.
1986 - The Roven House, Beverly Hills CA. Unbuilt.
1988 - The Haagen Beach Residence, Malibu CA. Unbuilt.
1990 - The Allen N. Levy Residence, aka the Concrete Castle,
aka the Pacific Coast house, aka the Concrete
aka the Malibu Cliff House,
32402 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu
Arahuete was the project architect. Engineering by Andrew Nasser. Built by Wally
Niewiadomski. Lautner had the rare client with pretty
much an unlimited budget. This was Lautner's last major project.
A ramp leads up along the outside of one of the walls, crosses through the wall, and slips beneath the roof, folding out of the perimeter wall. A series of apertures in an irregular pattern bring light throught the shell and give the roof a visual lightness. The cavernous shell at its apex only four inches thick.
Top two photos by Mike Burns. Bottom right photo by Bette Cohen from her documentary, "The Spirit in Architecture: John Lautner." Sold in 1991 to the Sagheb Trust. Sold to Central Diagnostic Laboratory Inc. As of 2014, owned by Iteco Ltd. All are holding companies connected to Levy.
1990 - The Townsend Residence, Malibu CA. Unbuilt.
1990 - The Boli Residence, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1990 - The Yokeno House, Pacific
Palisades area of Los Angeles CA.
1992 - The Shearing House, 15 Green Turtle Road, Coronado Cays, Coronado CA. Sold in 2000 to the Garcia Family Trust. Sold in 2012 to the Elizabeth Remley Trust. 3675 sf.
1993 - The Wood/Greenhouse Residence, Malibu CA. Unbuilt.
1994 - The Whiting Residence, Sun Valley CA. Unbuilt.
Sources include: John Lautner Foundation, vtrammel.com, Wikipedia, Modern San Diego, LALife, YouAreHere, Pacific Coast Arch Database, Judith Lautner Remembers, Kay Henderson, Warren Lawson, Roger Bennett, The Architecture of John Lautner, by Alan Hess; Between Earth and Heaven: The Architecture of John Lautner by Jean-Louis Cohen, Frank Escher, and Nicholas Olsberg; Lautner collection at the Getty Research Institute.