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John Lautner papers 1929-2002.

Lautner, John, 1911-1994.

Available at Special Collections  SPECIAL COLLECTIONS - CONTACT REFERENCE  (2007.M.13** ) and other locations()

  • Title:
    John Lautner papers 1929-2002.
  • Author/Creator: Lautner, John, 1911-1994.
  • Creation Date: 1929-2002.
  • Biographical/Historical Note: John Lautner (1911-1994) was an American architect, who, after training under Frank Lloyd Wright, practiced primarily in southern California in the mid twentieth century. Lautner's organic Modernist architecture is best known through his striking residences, such as the Chemosphere in Los Angeles and the Elrod House in Palm Springs, and his eye-catching commercial structures, conceived in the futuristic, car-centered style which came to be called Googie, after the coffee shop of his design.
  • Arrangement: Arranged in two series: Series I. Project records, 1937-2002; Series II. Other professional papers, 1929-1994.
  • Physical Desc.: 958.1 linear ft. (211 boxes, 711 flatfile folders, 139 rolls ) ; ADD2 (2 bins, 2 boxes, unprocessed).
    1 sound-tape reel: 3 3/4 ips; 7 in., 1/4 in. tape..
  • Summary: The John Lautner papers contain the complete archive of this Southern California architect who became famous for such innovative structures as Chemosphere (the Malin House) and Silvertop (the Reiner House). The archive is an important resource for the study of Southern California modernism in all its diverse aspects. The drawings detailing the structural engineering that enabled Lautner to create his sculpturally innovative houses will be of particular interest to historians of architecture and science.
    Materials relating to John Lautner's individual architectural projects comprise Series I, the core of the archive. Included in this series are approximately 10,000 architectural drawings, numerous photographs and slides of projects, client files and correspondence and a small number of architectural models. They represent circa 300 projects, residential and commercial, both built and unbuilt, spanning the entire range of Lautner's career, from photographs of his earliest design for a temporary shelter at Taliesin West in 1937 to the drawings for projects he was working on at the time of his death in 1994. Also included are some later materials from the continuation of those projects by his successors.
    Series II, a small series of professional papers, completes the archive. These professional papers include general correspondence, honors and awards, documentation of exhibitions, and publications.
  • Language: English
  • Notes: Gift of The John Lautner Foundation.
  • Form/Genre: Architectural drawings (visual works)
    Color slides
    Architectural models (representations)
    Photographs, Original
    Photographic prints
  • Subjects: Lautner, John, 1911-1994 Architect-designed homes -- California Architects -- California -- Los Angeles Architecture -- California, Southern -- 20th century Architecture -- California -- Los Angeles Modern movement (Architecture) -- California Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- 20th century
  • ID/Accession Number: 2778-807
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers, with the exception of the unreformatted audiotape. Boxes 211-217*, Flat file folders 695**-700** and Roll 138** are sealed pending review. Contact the repository for information regarding access to the architectural models.
  • OCLC Record Number: 855115253
  • Source: GRI Library Catalog

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