James Goldstein's Architects by Kristopher Conner

1979-1994

James “Jim” Goldstein purchased the famous Beverly Hills Sheats Residence in 1972 designed by Architect John Lautner. The home was originally designed in 1961 for Paul and Helen Sheats and completed in 1963. Jim hired Lautner to renovate the house in 1979 and continued to work with Lautner up until his death in 1994. So much of the home has was modified by Lautner and under the direction of Jim that the home has become known as the Sheats-Goldstein Residence.

Jim Goldstein also commissioned Lautner to design an interior finish out for his office space (video link) in a high rise building in Century City, CA. The office was constructed by contractor and finish carpenter Robin Poirier, who is still involved in the Lautner Foundation today. When forced to move from his space in the building, the office was disassembled and given to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).


1994-2015

Structural Engineer Andrew Nasser with Architect Duncan Nicholson standing in the Turrell Syspace ‘Above Horizon’

Structural Engineer Andrew Nasser with Architect Duncan Nicholson standing in the Turrell Syspace ‘Above Horizon’

Before John Lautner passed he had a schematic site plan design to install a tennis court and guest house on the adjacent property that Jim had purchased. John Lautner Associate and Architect Duncan Nicholson largely took over the upkeep of the existing residence and the future project to construct Jim’s dream. The program of the original design was expanded to include offices, a library, and an entertainment space below the tennis court.

In addition to the project adjacent to the house, Duncan also took over the architectural role of project that was originally intended to be a collaboration between John Lautner and James Turrell. The James Turrell skyspace known as “Above Horizon” was completed in 2005.

Duncan’s Firm, Nicholson Architects, continued to work with Jim Goldstein to design and expand the properties’ development until Duncan unfortunately passed away in 2015.


2015-PRESENT DAY

Architect Kristopher Conner, Architect James Perry, Owner James Goldstein, and Director of LACMA Michael Govan

Architect Kristopher Conner, Architect James Perry, Owner James Goldstein, and Director of LACMA Michael Govan

Associates of Duncan Nicholson, Architects Kristopher Conner and James Perry picked up the torch to continue the ongoing construction and design of the project after working for Duncan for 7 and 9 years respectively.

After finishing the spaces below the tennis court (including a private nightclub, offices, and library) construction has moved below to the terrace that includes an infinity pool, outdoor kitchen, bar, and dining area. Future projects for a Theater and Guest House are currently in the design phase.

Structural Engineer Andrew Nasser is well known on the project and carried over having worked with Lautner, Nicholson, and now Conner & Perry Architects on Goldstein’s projects.

The owner James Goldstein has decided to bequeath the property to LACMA in 2016. It was important to him that the home and property would continue to be available to architectural students to inspire future generations.


Custom Concrete Tile by Kristopher Conner

This is an informative how-to video clearly showing the steps for making sculptural concrete tile from the company Smooth-On that sells mold making supplies. We have experience designing and fabricating custom plaster tiles and look forward to working with future clients on indoor and outdoor tiles as a way of providing a truly unique architectural experience.

We can also work with other tile companies to produce custom concrete tiles like Granada Tile or Arto to design and fabricate colored concrete tiles.

Sheats Goldstein Residence on Extreme Homes by Kristopher Conner

Take a tour through the Sheats-Goldstein Residence as featured on the HGTV show, Extreme Homes. James Goldstein was the driving force behind a series of renovations to the home he undertook with original Architect John Lautner shortly after he purchased the house in 1972. The construction has been ongoing to this day as the program has expanded with an infinity tennis court, additional entertainment spaces, and offices on the adjacent property.

The video is highlighted by commentary from Architect and former Lautner associate Duncan Nicholson. Nicholson worked on the house for many years under Lautner up until his death in 1994, at which point Nicholson took over the project and oversaw the Turrell skyspace and new entertainment complex adjacent to the home until his own passing in 2015.

As proteges of Duncan, we (Kris Conner and James Perry) took over the design and construction of the entertainment space known as “Club James”, as well as maintaining the original Sheats-Goldstein Residence for owner James Goldstein.

The home and the surrounding estate has been entrusted to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). It is James Goldstein’s wish that tours for students and lovers of architecture will continue and that when they see the home, it will inspire generations of architects to come.

CAN YOU GENERATE INCOME BY BUILDING AN ADU ON YOUR PROPERTY? HERE ARE TWO CASE STUDIES THAT SHOW YOU HOW. by Kristopher Conner

The Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is revolutionizing housing in Los Angeles on single family residential lots. The additional rentable constructed space should be profitable when completed based on current median rent prices in Los Angeles.

ADU CASE STUDY - EXAMPLE 1:

1200 SFT DETACHED ADU SINGLE STORY (3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH)

Maximize the income potential of your property by adding the largest allowable 1200 sft accessory dwelling unit. This example is attached to the existing garage and provides a master bedroom and bathroom, two additional bedrooms, second shared bathroom, open living room/kitchen/dining, and utility room.

Floor plan for New 1200 sft ADU (3 bedroom, 2 bath) attached to existing garage.

Floor plan for New 1200 sft ADU (3 bedroom, 2 bath) attached to existing garage.

Additional fees may apply. This is only an estimate and price per square foot can vary widely depending on specific finishes and any specific conditions your project may have. Play around with the  APR loan calculator  to adjust between Loan Amount, Interest Rate, and Loan Length.

Additional fees may apply. This is only an estimate and price per square foot can vary widely depending on specific finishes and any specific conditions your project may have. Play around with the APR loan calculator to adjust between Loan Amount, Interest Rate, and Loan Length.

ADU CASE STUDY - EXAMPLE 2:

400 SFT GARAGE CONVERSION (STUDIO)

The simplest build is the garage conversion to studio apartment. The profit for this project type is great based on the budget estimator and median studio rent in Los Angeles. Rents in Los Angeles vary widely, so it is good to do some research on your specific area to get an idea of what the rentable space would fetch and if the numbers work for you.

Floor plan for New 400 sft ADU (studio) conversion of an existing garage.

Floor plan for New 400 sft ADU (studio) conversion of an existing garage.

Additional fees may apply. This is only an estimate and price per square foot can vary widely depending on specific finishes and any specific conditions your project may have. Play around with the  APR loan calculator  to adjust between Loan Amount, Interest Rate, and Loan Length.

Additional fees may apply. This is only an estimate and price per square foot can vary widely depending on specific finishes and any specific conditions your project may have. Play around with the APR loan calculator to adjust between Loan Amount, Interest Rate, and Loan Length.

Using the Loan Calculator you could pay off the construction loan for the entire cost of the construction of the garage conversion in as little as six years based on estimated monthly rent.

Median 1-bedrom rent in Los Angeles is $2,330 based on  Zumper .

Median 1-bedrom rent in Los Angeles is $2,330 based on Zumper.

Contact us about your project and have us get started designing and permitting your ADU project today.

Goldstein Phase 2 by Kristopher Conner

Progress occurred early into 2019 with the structural concrete pour of the cantilevered concrete infinity pool. This structure forms the boundary of the lower terrace to Club James. The new rendering of the project shows a completed lower terrace and looks east toward the new reception building and theater that will enclose the terrace.

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Office Holiday Cards by Kristopher Conner

Organic architects, historically, are lovers of the holiday season, and we are no exception. There is a tradition here at Conner & Perry that, it is said, goes back to Frank Lloyd Wright’s office. Duncan Nicholson would custom design a Christmas card for his office every year, and as he told us, it was a tradition he adopted from John Lautner. He said Lautner, who had continued the practice from his days with Wright, would have an inner-office competition to see who would design the official holiday greeting card for that year and the winning design would be printed and distributed to clients, family, friends, and collaborators to spread the Christmas spirit.

2012 Holiday card for Nicholson Architects, hand cut construction paper by Duncan Nicholson.

2012 Holiday card for Nicholson Architects, hand cut construction paper by Duncan Nicholson.

This year our competition boiled down to three finalist. The first entry is an intricate snowflake themed geometric pattern based on a dia-grid developed by founding partner James Perry. The pattern depicts the ice crystals in plan and section.

Design by James Perry,, Copyright Conner & Perry Architects, Inc. 2018

Design by James Perry,, Copyright Conner & Perry Architects, Inc. 2018

The second design, by project architect Frank Palomares, is a bold graphic manipulation of a classic Christmas scene.

Design by Frank Palomares, Copyright Conner & Perry Architects, Inc. 2018

Design by Frank Palomares, Copyright Conner & Perry Architects, Inc. 2018

The third, and final selected design, is a collaboration between founding partner Kristopher Conner and project architect Ryan Bautista. It features a geometric tiled pattern in the background that is based on a design developed while James and Kris worked for Duncan Nicholson. The composition is layered with a snowflake graphic and each side follows an inverted gradient that graphically emphasizes the text.

Design by Kristopher Conner and Ryan Bautista, Copyright Conner & Perry Architects, Inc. 2018

Design by Kristopher Conner and Ryan Bautista, Copyright Conner & Perry Architects, Inc. 2018

Conner & Perry would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season. Our office will be closed from December 24 until January 2. We look forward to making more beautiful architecture in the coming year!

Architecture Student Tour at Sheats-Goldstein Residence by Kristopher Conner

Kent State Architecture Students photo credit Jon Yoder

Kent State Architecture Students photo credit Jon Yoder

As part of our gratifying preservation and restoration work at the Sheats-Goldstein residence (built in 1963 and designed by architect, John Lautner) we occasionally have the honor to give tours of the historically significant home to architecture and design students. The home is a prime example of organic modern architecture: designed from the existing site and for the individual family.  When showing the house there is no need to spend lengthy amounts of time using academic language to embellish this architectural icon.  As students are able to see it for themselves the architecture does the talking. The entrance sequence, with its intimate scale and natural flow, draws from Lautner’s apprenticeship under Frank Lloyd Wright.  But as the low wood ceilings transition to the rising triangulated concrete coffered roof in the living room, the expansive view opens up with a soaring effect and the dynamic form thrusts the occupant's gaze out into the city beyond.

 

The owner, James “Jim” Goldstein, fell in love with this home when he first saw it and quickly purchased it in 1972.  He understood the brilliance of Lautner’s intention and re-hired the architect to improve the home in a series of renovations that would eliminate all framed glass and bring the house to its full potential: pushing concrete and glass to the very essence of their material capabilities.

Club James photo credit Jon Yoder

Club James photo credit Jon Yoder

John Lautner passed away in 1994, but the owner continued to work on the property and home with former Lautner associate Duncan Nicholson. It was under Nicholson that the artist James Turrell's Skyspace "Above Horizon" was realized, as well as extensive landscape improvements and an entertainment complex ("Club James") adjacent to the home was begun.  In early 2015 Duncan Nicholson passed away and Jim Goldstein hired former Nicholson project architects Kris Conner and James Perry, who had formed their own firm, Conner & Perry Architects to further the project.  It was recently announced that Goldstein will be gifting the home to LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art). The property is the first in what the museum hopes will become a premier collection of the renowned modern residential architecture for which Los Angeles has become famous.

Upper Tennis Court Terrace Kent State Students photo credit Jon Yoder

Upper Tennis Court Terrace Kent State Students photo credit Jon Yoder

One of the main goals of owner James Goldstein's gift to LACMA is that the home might inspire young architects to question the existing norms of what modern architecture is today and what it can be in the future.  We recently took architecture students from Kent State through the home and, as always, we get to enjoy their reactions as they transition from one space to the next.  It is our hope that many aspiring architects and enthusiasts for generations to come will have the opportunity to experience the epiphany that is the Goldstein Estate.

The Facebook Group John Lautner: The Real Thing, in conjunction with the John Lautner Foundation, is putting together an upcoming tour on July 28th, 2018.  Tickets here.

New Conceptual Designs for a House in Culver City by Kristopher Conner

These are three schematic designs for a complete renovation to a one story single-family residence in Culver City for a young family. The unique lot is pie shaped opening towards the back to an existing pool and outdoor space. 

Schematic 1:

The first design provides a cantilevered covered parking in the front of the building. The design also provides a completely open living, dining, and kitchen on the first floor that flows out to the backyard. The bedrooms are located above on the second floor and the master bedroom includes a deck. The bedrooms also open to a hallway seating area that provides a personal desk for each of the children around the double volume living space.  

Schematic 2:

In the second design you enter into the double volume living space that opens out onto the backyard. The existing garage was converted to a granny flat ADU and the house uses the roof by converting it into an exterior deck for the upper floor. The pool was modified to include a baja shelf and integrated deck that flows from outside to inside with a covered trellis.

Schematic 3:

The third design kept the existing location of the garage and pool house completely separate from the new house design. This concept limited the structural modifications to 8 new structural supports and one new wall modification of the existing structure to provide a completely new second story addition and overall design for the existing home.