With their arresting geometric forms and wide-open interiors, the homes John Lautner created expanded the boundaries of American residential architecture. Although he was strongly influenced by his mentor, Frank Lloyd Wright, Lautner's work bore the unmistakable stamp of his own innovative approach to design. "My father's homes are each an original and there's no duplication anywhere," says his daughter Karol Lautner Peterson. "One of his fellow Taliesin apprentices said to me that my father had gone beyond Wright and found a style distinctly his own."
Viewed as too radical during much of his lifetime, this prolific architect's work has recently begun to receive the recognition it deserves. Two books about him have been published over the past year; another has been reissued. And now, thanks to the efforts of his daughter and former associates, there's a foundation dedicated to preserving his legacy.
The idea for the John Lautner Foundation first took shape in Peterson's mind after her father's death in 1994. Some six years later, the foundation is up and running. Its immediate goal is to catalog the vast archives of Lautner's work, but its long-term mission is to "further educate the public on the understanding of his work and principles," Peterson says. To find out more about the organization, or to volunteer any information you may have about a Lautner house, call 323.951.1061 or visit www.johnlautner.org.