Exhibition: John Lautner’s Pearlman Cabin & Walstrom Residence
The John Lautner Foundation
The Organic Architecture and Design Archives
The School of Architecture
ARC Document Solutions – Arizona
Wednesday November 9, 2022
3PM – 6PM AZ
Exhibition runs through December
Crafts III Visitor Center, Lowest Level
At the center of each exhibit story is a large scale project model that presents the structures upon their hillside contexts. Design drawings, construction documents and photos share many aspects of each of the projects. Lautner was commissioned to design the projects 12 years apart, 1957 and 1969, by families that would keep the homes for all their lives. Each home, needless to say, was deeply personal and an ongoing part of their family experience even before they were completed.
Both are cabin-like, set on hillsides, constructed of wood secured into and each one with its landscape. The communities couldn’t be more different — one within the western San Jacinto Mountains, in Idyllwild, CA, a quiet resort community of a few hundred people, where you can count the number of cars on your hands and feet during half the day — the other at the base of a canyon minutes from Los Angeles’ large population, where local activities and daily traffic are continuous.
The exhibit addresses Lautner’s concepts, the time and place, their similarities and differences, the settings and building materials, all of which Lautner used innately to express — always uniquely for each project — his organic architecture.