Join The Lautner Compound and The John Lautner Foundation 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 most notable and recently discovered homes. 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 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.
Things to Know
This event is for all ages.
Please arrive on time. No early arrivals.
Never leave your children unattended. No baby strollers will be allowed inside the units.
No pets allowed.
Restrooms are available.
Bring an umbrella for the sun or the rain.
The organizer of this event is The Lautner Compound.
Event Check-in Location
The Lautner Compound, 67710 San Antonio Street, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
Photo Credits: Laure Joliet, Trina Turk, Barbara Bestor
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