John Edward Lautner is possibly the most innovative architect that ever lived.

An idyllic childhood in the Upper Peninsula formed his love for nature. And later, he learned the principles of Organic Architecture while working as an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright.

His residential structures are among the most iconic and architecturally significant single-family homes in Southern California. They include:

  • the Sheats Goldstein residence on the border of Beverly Hills
  • Bob Hope’s former residence in Palm Springs
  • a midcentury jewel in Silver Lake, CA known as Silvertop
  • the Garcia Residence, aka The Rainbow House
  • the Wolff Residence in the Hollywood Hills
  • the Schaffer Residence located at the base of the Verdugo Mts
  • Chemosphere in the Hollywood Hills
  • the Elrod House in Palm Springs. It was featured in the James Bond movie, Diamonds Are Forever

To find a modern home designed by John Lautner and other famous modern architects visit my curated list of mid-century modern homes for sale in Los Angeles.

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