Celebrating John Lautner’s Centennial


Los Angeles loves it some John Lautner. Just three years ago the Hammer Museum mounted a terrific retrospective of his work and the MAK Center put together a tour of some of the private residences in L.A. designed by the mid-century architect. All that seems like prologue now, for this summer’s celebration of John Lautner for what would have been his 100th birthday on July 16, 2011.

The John Lautner Foundation is presenting the John Lautner Turns 100 series this July 16-November 13, 2011. The series features exhibitions, film screenings, home tours, symposia, and receptions all focused on the one-time Frank Lloyd Wright protege. The Foundation has partnered with a variety of cultural institutions including the AIA|LA, Dwell, the Getty Research Institute, LACMA, Los Angeles Conservancy, the MAK Center, The American Cinematheque, and Society of Architectural Historians.


Born in 1911 in Marquette, Michigan, Lautner received a liberal arts degree from Northern Michigan University before studying with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin. Lautner’s work is notable for the way he integrated his work into its landscape. He created some of the most iconic architecture in Los Angeles, featured in movies like “Less Than Zero” and “Body Double.”

The full list of events can be found here. And once again, the MAK Center is planning a tour of Lautner residences including the Harpel House (1956), Jacobsen House (1947), Schwimmer House (1982), and the Sheats/Goldstein House (1963. 

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