The Hammer Museum's encyclopedic Lautner show, "Between Earth and Heaven: The Architecture of John Lautner" closes on October 12. (Trivia note: Among the curators are Frank Escher, one of the architects of Dwell Home II). While all architecture shows tend to be a little dry, Lautner's houses are anything but. So it's worth a trip from out of town just for the Hammer's final Lautner house tour, taking place on Sunday, October 12. The lone tour venue is the Sheats/Goldstein Residence (1963), which I've spent some time in (as have The Dude and Snoop Dogg, but that's a different story).
The serene outpost high above swanky Benedict Canyon is a little bit Machu Picchu and a little bit Blade Runner–and owner James Goldstein is worth a museum exhibition all his own.
David A. Greene
Dave has contributed to Dwell since its inception. He's a CalArts dropout, a former art critic for The New Yorker, and a producer of comedies on TV. He lives in, and writes from, Los Angeles.