Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)

Architects

Lautner, John

ID: 70
Full Name: John Edward Lautner
Occupation: Architect
Gender: M
Nationality: US
Birth Date: 1911-07-16
Death Date: 1994-10-24
Family: Spouse: Lautner married Mary Faustina Roberts, (later Mary deRoche)(d. 04/21/1995) in 1934 and divorced her in 1946; they had four daughters and one son; following the divorce, Mary returned to live in Marquette, MI. Lautner was survived by his second wife, Elizabeth Gilman Honnold, (whom he married in 1950), four children, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren; his second wife, was once the wife of his former business associate, Douglas Honnold. One of Lautner's step-children was Elizabeth Honnold Harris.
Parents: Father: John Edward Lautner,(b. Michigan, 06-12/1879-d. Ubly, MI, 05/1970), a college instructor, according to the 1930 US Census; his parents, Wencel, a farmer, and Inna, a housewife, came to Michigan from Austria before 1866; mother: Vida Cathleen Gallagher, (b. Wisconsin, 08/22/1884-d. Marquette, MI, 06/1978), a woman 5 years younger than her husband, who worked as an interior designer; her father was from Ireland;
Children: Daughters: Karol Lautner (b. 1938); Mary Beecher Lautner (b. CA, 1944); Judith Munroe Lautner (b. CA, 1946); Sons: Michael John Lautner (b. Astor Farm, Indio, CA, 1942)
Relocation: Born in Marquette, MI, Lautner worked for Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin, Spring Green, WI, from 1934-1940; he moved permanently to Los Angeles, CA, in 1940 and died in there at the age of 83. His last residence was in the 90028 zip code of Los Angeles.
Biographical Information: Education: He first attended the University of Michigan but left it soon after starting. He received a B.A. in English from Northern State Teachers College, (later known as Northern Michigan State College and as Northern Michigan University), 1933;
Work History: After college, Lautner apprenticed on a Taliesin Fellowship (Wisconsin and Arizona) with Frank Lloyd Wright in 1933-1939. For Wright, he supervised some of his most important works of the 1930s, including Falling Water,(Bear Run, PA, 1936) and the Johnson Wax Building, (Racine Wisc., 1937). He came to Southern California in 1937 to oversee the construction of the Sturges and Oboler Houses for Wright. He designed his first house, for himself and his first wife, on Micheltorena Street in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, in 1939; during World War II, Lautner worked as a Contractors' Superintendant.
Teaching: Visiting Critic, Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA.
Miscellaneous: There is a discrepancy in the death date between the California Death Index, 1940-1997, and the Social Security Death Index; SSN: 567-26-6348;
Professional Awards: Post College: Named Olympic Architect, Los Angeles Summer Olympics, 1984; Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement from the American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles Chapter, 1993;
Countries: United States
Structures: Alexander, George A. and Grace F., House, Long Beach, CA - None (4842)
Ampitheater House, Los Angeles, CA - 1950 (10180)
Arango, Mr. and Mrs. Jeronimo, House, Acapulco, Mexico - 1972-1973 (56)
Balboa Island House, Balboa Island, Newport Beach, CA - 1979-1980 (1264)
Bell House, Los Angeles, CA - (57)
Beverly Hills Club #2, Beverly Hills, CA - 1945 (7217)
Bubbling Wells Motel, Desert Hot Springs, CA - 1947 (10173)
Carling House, Los Angeles, CA - (4841)
Carr, Fern, House, Beverly Hills, CA - (18934)
Coffee Dan's Restaurant, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA - 1946 (10172)
Coffee Dan's Restaurant, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA - 1946 (10171)
Elrod, Arthur, House, Palm Springs, CA - 1968 (10314)
Embassy Shop, Beverly Hills, CA - 1945 (7216)
Gantvoort, Dorothy, House, La Cañada Flintridge, CA - (4840)
Garcia House, Los Angeles, CA - (53)
Googie's Coffee Shop, Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA - 1949 (10162)
Harpel House, Los Angeles, CA - (16423)
Henry's Pomona Restaurant, Pomona, CA - 1957-1958 (10176)
Hope, Leslie Townes (Bob) and Dolores, House, Southridge, Palm Springs, CA - 1973-1980 (18392)
Kaymar Manufacturing Company, Incorporated, Building, Los Angeles, CA - 1958 (10175)
Lautner, John Edward and Mary Roberts, House, Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA - 1939-1940 (55)
L'Horizon Apartments, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA - 1951 (10179)
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), Midtown School, Los Angeles, CA - 1961 (10177)
Malin, Leonard J., House, Los Angeles, CA - 1960 (1818)
Mauer, Dr., House #1 Project, Los Angeles, CA - (4836)
Mauer, Dr., House #2, Los Angeles, CA - (4837)
Pearlman Mountain Cabin, Idyllwild, CA - 1957 (10313)
Reiner, Kenenth, House, Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA - 1963 (2794)
Rounded Blockhouse, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA - 1950 (10181)
Schaeffer House, Montrose, CA - 1946-1947 (4839)
Segel, Joann, House, Malibu, CA - 1979 (12157)
Sheats House, Beverly Hills, CA - 1963 (8959)
Sheets Apartments, Westwood, Los Angeles - 1949 (1263)
Springer House, Los Angeles, CA - 1940 (10316)
Stevens House, Malibu, CA - 1968 (2793)
Taschen, Benedikt Guest House, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, CA - 2002 (3621)
United Productions Studio, Burbank, CA - (10174)
Walstrom House, Los Angeles, CA - 1969 (10315)
Wolff House, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA - 1961-1963 (416)
Locations: Architect's Death:
Los Angeles, CA
USA
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Architect's Birth:
Marquette, MI
USA
Publications: "Newslines", AIA Journal, 61: 5, 26, 05/1974.
"John Lautner: Maisons Stevens et Silvertop", AMC, 13: 26-27, 10/1986.
Doubilet, Susan, Boles, Daralice, American House Now, 226-235, 1997.
Amelar, Sarah, "John Lautner retrospective opens in Los Angeles", Architectural Record, 196: 9, 65, 09/2008.
Snoonian, Deborah, "Paradise, Writ in Concrete", Architectural Record, 193: 2, 235-236, 2/2005.
Banham, Reyner, "Ship Shape", Architectural Review (London), 182: 1085, 10, 07/1987.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, "Malin House ("Chemosphere"), 1960", Architecture in Los Angeles A Compleat Guide, 174, 1985.
Hines, Thomas S., Architecture of the Sun: Los Angeles Modernism 1900-1970, 631-634, 2010.
Hines, Thomas S., Architecture of the Sun: Los Angeles Modernism 1900-1970, 619, 2010.
"A hillside redwood house designed by John Lautner", California Arts and Architecture, 57: 6, 27, 06-07/1940.
Keeps, David A., "Palm Springs", Elle Decor, 121: 156, 11/2005.
Hess, Alan, Googie, p. 39, 61, 63-66, 68, 77, 92, 129, 1985.
Hess, Alan, Googie Redux, 70, 2004.
Hess, Alan, Googie Redux, 68-71, 2004.
Harris, Frank, Bonenberger, Weston, Guide to Contemporary Architecture in Southern California, 9, 1951.
"John Lautner's Houses", House and Home, 1: 2, 89, 02/1952.
"John Lautner's Houses", House and Home, 1: 2, 91, 02/1952.
"John Lautner's Houses", House and Home, 1: 2, 90, 02/1952.
Campbell-Lange, Barbara-Ann, John Lautner 1911-1994 Disappearing Space, 40-41, 2005.
Campbell-Lange, Barbara-Ann, John Lautner 1911-1994 Disappearing Space, 72-73, 2005.
Campbell-Lange, Barbara-Ann, John Lautner 1911-1994 Disappearing Space, 54-57, 2005.
Campbell-Lange, Barbara-Ann, John Lautner 1911-1994 Disappearing Space, 50-53, 2005.
Campbell-Lange, Barbara-Ann, John Lautner 1911-1994 Disappearing Space, 44-49, 2005.
Campbell-Lange, Barbara-Ann, John Lautner 1911-1994 Disappearing Space, 42-43, 2005.
Campbell-Lange, Barbara-Ann, John Lautner 1911-1994 Disappearing Space, 68-71, 2005.
Campbell-Lange, Barbara-Ann, John Lautner 1911-1994 Disappearing Space, 64-67, 2005.
Campbell-Lange, Barbara-Ann, John Lautner 1911-1994 Disappearing Space, 58-63, 2005.
"Southern California Chapter's Honor Awards", Journal of the American Institute of Architects, 7: 2, 74-79, 02/1947.
"Southern California Chapter's Honor Awards", Journal of the American Institute of Architects, 7: 2, 74-79, 02/1947.
"Lautner A Tribute", Journal of the Taliesin Fellows, 18: 6-7, Summer 1995.
Wiehle, Louis, "Remembrance Letter on Lautner", Journal of the Taliesin Fellows, 18: 12-13, Summer 1995.
"Lautner A Tribute", Journal of the Taliesin Fellows, 18: 5-36, Summer 1995.
"Lautner A Tribute", Journal of the Taliesin Fellows, 18: 10-11, Summer 1995.
"Lautner A Tribute", Journal of the Taliesin Fellows, 18: 9, Summer 1995.
"Lautner A Tribute", Journal of the Taliesin Fellows, 18: 9, Summer 1995.
"Lautner A Tribute", Journal of the Taliesin Fellows, 18: 8, Summer 1995.
Greene, Herb, "Remembrance Letter on Lautner", Journal of the Taliesin Fellows, 18: 13, Summer 1995.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 164, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 137, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 179, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 164, 1994.
Young, Paul, "Back to the future", Los Angeles Magazine, 78-83, 1/1998.
Young, Paul, "Back to the future", Los Angeles Magazine, 78-83, 01/1998.
"Three Injured in Cafe Battle on Sunset Strip", Los Angeles Times, 5, 02/05/1957.
"Confidential Trial to Move Over to Grauman's Theater", Los Angeles Times, B1, B8, 08/31/1957.
Shulman, Julius, Nogai, Juergen, Malibu: A Century of Living by the Sea, 2005.
Anderton, Frances, "The Flying Saucer House Soars Again", New York Times, B13, 03/15/2001.
Hess, Alan, The Architecture of John Lautner, c1999..
Topham, Sean, Where's My Space Age? The Rise and Fall of Futuristic Design, 65,