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Goldstein Estate-LACMA in Apollo Magazine by Kristopher Conner


Conner & Perry Architects was recently mentioned in a well written and researched article in Apollo Magazine on the recent deal between the Goldstein Estate and LACMA.  We highly recommend reading it (see link here) for a better understanding of the history of the property and the larger implications of the museum's acquisition of this architectural icon.

What is Los Angeles good at, beyond movies? Yes, the city has made an underrated contribution to modern art, and yes, much of Western pop music has come out of Los Angeles (although often incubated elsewhere first) and hell, it even has a couple of competent sports teams. But where the city has been a bona fide global leader in the last 100 years is in the field of residential architecture . . .

. . . Lautner, who died in 1994, did not design Club James, as it is known, but Goldstein got the next best thing: Lautner’s protégé Duncan Nicholson. When Nicholson unexpectedly died last year, the project passed to the firm of Kristopher Conner and James Perry, who had, in turn, been mentored by Nicholson. Goldstein’s extension of his property is a direct homage to its original architect – what an art historian might call ‘School of Lautner’. But it is far from original.
— Jonathan Griffin, "Big Lebowski pad acquired by LACMA" Apollo Magazine, 27 April, 2016 (

Tensile Structure by Kristopher Conner

Goldstein Canopy Tensile Structure

We are excited for our first erected tensile canopy structure! The steel support structure was quickly erected and painted by metal fabricators Breakform Design. The custom canopy was fabricated out of sunbrella fabric material by Sark Custom Awnings.

Early rendering of entry canopy

Early rendering of entry canopy

We eliminated the need for turnbuckles by using custom fabricated steel end supports developed by structural engineer Andrew Nasser. The canopy tent structure serves as a temporary cover to protect the entrance into the Goldstein entertainment complex.

A small step among many at the Goldstein Estate as the project continues to evolve towards its master planned design. Eventually the entry canopy will be replaced by a permanent concrete and glass roof structure that is part of the planned home theater building.

sheats goldstein entry canopy

For more information about the project please contact Conner and Perry Architects.

New Year by Kristopher Conner

A new year is upon us and we are exited about breaking ground on a new single family home in Santa Monica Canyon. We have worked incredibly hard over the past year to bring this unique project to construction  The house is based upon the final design concept of our late mentor Duncan Nicholson and we are pleased that it is now coming to fruition and that we continue to be a large part of making it a reality.

Hand Sketch of Residence by Architect Duncan Nicholson

Hand Sketch of Residence by Architect Duncan Nicholson

As we look forward to growing our practice this year we will do our best to see that all of our projects meet the high quality that was the standard under Nicholson Architects.

Sheats Goldstein Entertainment Complex Model

Sheats Goldstein Entertainment Complex Model

We will be updating the progress of this project as it rises from the ground and takes form. Please check back in and contact our office for more information or to inquire regarding your own one of a kind, Conner & Perry design.

MCM Daily Features The Sheats Goldstein Residence by Kristopher Conner

"Located in Los Angeles the Sheats Goldstein house was designed by American architect John Lautner. An exemplary example of Organic Modernism the home is built into the sandstone ledge of a hillside creating a cave-like dwelling that takes full advantage of the surrounding nature as well as stunning views. Lautner was a master of the ‘challenging site’ (The Chemosphere, 1961 is certainly a good example) and this home’s design is an ideal solution to its steep hillside lot."

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