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John Lautner papers, 1929-2002

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Lautner (John) Papers

Scope and Content of Collection

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.


This archive is arranged in two series: ; .
Series I. Project records, 1937-2002
Series II. Other professional papers, 1929-1994

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