The house abides

Concrete triangle
Custom furniture by Lautner
View from the pool deck
The little skylights are drinking glasses
The world's greatest powder roomOne of many lush pathways
Guest rooms
The ship sailing into Beverly Hills
Walls disappearSteps to the sky space
He's nothing if not colorful
Jim Goldstein's awesome shoes
Standing on a glass floor
Koi bridge
Sky space
Sitting in the sky space
James Turrell's sky space at Sheats-Goldstein
A little square of sky
Mirror "skylights"

I posted some photos last night from an Architectones event I went to at the Sheats Goldstein residence. For design nerds, it’s well-known as one of the most triumphant works of renowned architect John Lautner. For hard-core basketball fans, it’s known as the home of James Goldstein, the flamboyant courtside fixture at Laker games. And for everybody else, it’s known as Jackie Treehorn’s house:

I had been to the house once before, during a visit as part of my USC Annenberg/Getty Fellowship. We were lucky enough to get a private tour from Goldstein, who graciously answered all of our questions about the house (as well as The Big Lebowski). I was impressed by his generosity in sharing the property with us, from the drinking glasses that create the skylights in the living room (no joke!) to the world’s most remarkable powder room. Goldstein bought the house in 1972 so he had a chance to work with Lautner while he was still alive, making some modifications to the property. Including—yes—a James Turrell skyspace.

What I was most impressed by was the way that Goldstein had become such a passionate steward of the house. He expressed several times to our group that he wanted as many people as possible to experience the house, and as he showed us, he was slowly turning the property into an event space and cultural center celebrating Lautner’s legacy. And this week, the fact that he’d turn his house into what was essentially an art gallery for three days proved to me that he was extremely serious about his mission to share the house with the public.

Adding a massive entertainment space

One last thing. The first photo here is of our fellowship touring the new addition to the house, many years in the making: A private nightclub and cultural center with a tennis court on top (OF COURSE). Two years later, the amazing photographer Elizabeth Daniels snapped me last night while I was sitting in the still-yet-unfinished club. It all felt very Julius Shulman to me.

You can still visit the house on Friday, April 26 as part of Xavier Veilhan’s art exhibit. Details here.

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