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THE LAUTNER LECTURE SERIES

HOSTED BY

Danny Heller

JOIN US IN CELEBRATING THE WORK OF FAMED AMERICAN ARCHITECT JOHN LAUTNER….

with a series of lectures given by the owners and architect of some of Lautner’s more prestigious works. John Lautner is noted by Wallpaper Magazine as one of the architects that built Palm Springs. 

https://www.wallpaper.com/architecture/john-lautner-palm-springs-modernism 

The Lautner Lecture Series will  be hosted by noted fine artist Danny Heller specializing in all things midcentury modern. The ticket price will include a tour of a Lautner Living Unit, The Lautner grounds, The Park and The Ranch House which comprise the compound. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the John Lautner Foundation, striving to preserve the Lautner archive; educate the public on the architecture of Lautner; and provide support for preservation, protection and maintenance of all Lautner structures.

THE RESTORATION OF THE GARCIA HOUSE

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH

1:00PM-2:30PM

Join owner John Mcllwee, a Hollywood business advisor, as he shares his insights on the magnificent restoration of the 1962 Garcia House, designed by John Lautner and perched in all of it’s rainbow-shaped glory above Mulholland Drive. In 2002 the home undertook a complex and multiyear renovation spearheaded by the architecture firm Marmol Radziner. John will discuss both the challenges and the rewards of rehabilitating what some consider one of the most iconic Los Angeles homes of all time. "People don’t look at this as just a house, because you can easily get bigger places with more square footage and more land. They see it as a piece of art – a weird jewel box, sitting on stilts, high up above the whole canyon."  The lecture will include “before and after” photographs which will highlight the full magnitude of the property’s magnificent transformation. 

THE RESTORATION OF THE LAUTNER COMPOUND

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH

3:00PM-4:30PM

Owners Tracy Beckmann and Ryan Trowbridge will provide their personal insights into the renovation of the award-winning  Lautner Compound in Desert Hot Springs in 1947. Together they will expound on the glamorous but forgotten history of the original owner and movie mogul Lucien Hubbard’s vision and the challenges they faced during their hands-on renovation of the architecturally-significant property. The lecture will include “before-and-after” photographs which will highlight the full magnitude of the property’s magnificent transformation. Their talk will provide aficionados of great architecture some practical insight into what it takes to save some of America's most important and iconic buildings.  

THE RESTORATION OF THE HARVEY HOUSE

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH

3:00PM-4:30PM

The Harvey House, originally constructed in 1950, is an excellent example of the organic-influenced midcentury modern architecture of master architect John Lautner from this period. Its simple geometric plan and roof structure resulted from the manipulation of basic geometric shapes, a hallmark of many of Lautner’s residential commissions. Other characteristic features include the use of a variety of materials, including concrete, stone, and glass, and the difficult hillside site. The Harvey House underwent a massive renovation project after it was bought in 1998 by actress Kelly Lynch and Mitch Glazer. By the time Lynch and Glazer bought the property, the house was in terrible shape and marketed as a tear-down. It is now on the Historic Register. Kelly and Mitch will share their insights on the renovation and the joys of living in a Lautner, including using the large circular main room room for entertaining, benefits and parties including hosting their friend Julius Shulman’s 95th birthday. The lecture will include “before and after” photographs which will highlight the full magnitude of the property’s magnificent transformation.

THE RESTORATION OF 

SILVERTOP

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND

1:00PM-2:30PM

Silvertop is an important touchstone in the evolution of architectural design in both Los Angeles and internationally. It was Lautner’s first major use of monolithic concrete as a sculptural as well as architectural component. Lautner began his design in 1956 and construction continued through 1964. The Organic Modern house features a huge, arching concrete roof over a wall of glass opening the interior to the views all around, enhanced by a cantilevered swimming pool that seems to flow directly into Silver Lake Reservoir far below. The home was recently purchased in 2014 and the new owners commissioned Barbara Bestor of Bestor Architecture, to create a contemporary residence by reconstructing and modernizing the space-age engineering and by repairing late 1970’s construction additions. Join Barbara as she describes her comprehensive and complex 3 year restoration of one of John Lautner’s most masterful works. The lecture will include “before and after” photographs which will highlight the full magnitude of the property’s magnificent transformation. 

THE CREATION OF THE CHEMOSPHERE

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH

1:00PM-2:30PM

Once hailed as "the most modern home built in the world”, The Chemosphere House, exemplified a scientific vision of the future brought to life when it was designed by American architect John Lautner for client Leonard Malin and his family in 1960. Mr. Malin will be joined by his daughter Mary Ann Rollison and together they will share stories of their time working with Lautner and what is what like to live in such an iconic home. The Chemosphere  is one of the most unusual and distinctive houses in the Los Angeles area and its unique design has led to it being featured in numerous films and media productions. It also is a Los Angeles Historic Landmark and in 2008 a panel of experts commissioned by the Los Angeles Times rated the Chemosphere as one of the "Top 10 houses of all time in L.A.” After passing through a succession of owners, by the 1990s the interior was considerably degraded. Fortunately, German publisher Benedikt Taschen purchased the house in 2000 and restored it in collaboration with architects Frank Escher and Ravi Gunewardena, earning them an award from the Los Angeles Conservancy. 

THE RESTORATION OF 

THE SALKIN HOUSE

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND

3:00PM-4:30PM

The Salkin House - A ‘Lost’ John Lautner house is found! This intimate 1,100 sf house designed midcentury architect John Lautner had mysteriously slipped off the radar for 65 years. Designed and built originally for Jules Salkin in 1948, the two bedroom house was owned by one family for decades. It was only recently discovered and restored by Trina Turk, noted architectural preservationist and fashion and housewares designer. Join Trina as she shares her insights on this project hidden in the hills of Los Angeles. Architect Barbara Bestor will join her and expand on the challenging restoration to bring this long lost Lautner back to life. The lecture will include “before and after” photographs which will highlight the full magnitude of the property’s magnificent transformation.