John Lautner’s Goldstein House Gifted to LACMA by its Owner

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has announced that John Lautner’s famous LA residence, the James Goldstein House — often referred to as the Sheats Goldstein Residence — has been promised to the museum by its current owner James Goldstein. The gift includes the house itself, a James Turrell skyspace which is located on the property, and architectural models of the home (as well as a number of artworks and Goldstein’s 1961 Rolls Royce for good measure). The house will be the museum’s first architectural acquisition, following similar acquisitions of Modernist homes by other museums such as Crystal Bridges Museum’s recently-opened Bachmann-Wilson House by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Completed by Lautner in 1963 for Helen and Paul Sheats, the house was bought by Goldstein in 1972, and from 1979 up until Lautner’s death in 1994 Goldstein worked with the architect to renovate and update the house according to Lautner’s vision. Over the years the home’s striking, screen-friendly interior led it to become famous for its role in numerous music videos and films, most notably starring as pornographer Jackie Treehorn’s house in The Big Lebowski — via

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