The 1950 Harvey House 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.
When Kelly and Mitch purchased the house in 1998 it was in terrible condition, sold as a tear-down. Passionate about sensitive midcentury preservation, they undertook a complete restoration. It is now listed in the National Register of Historic Sites.
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, photographer 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.
Hosted by noted fine artist Danny Heller, 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, followed by a champagne toast. 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: Robert Maxwell, Meyler & Co, Todd Eberle
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