Exhibition: John Lautner’s Pearlman Cabin & Walstrom Residence

The John Lautner Foundation
The Organic Architecture and Design Archives
The School of Architecture


Wiehle-Carr Architecture
ARC Document Solutions – Arizona

464 S Farmer Ave #101
Tempe, AZ 85281

Friday, February 3, 2023
5PM – 7PM AZ

The opening event is open to the public. An RSVP is required: tsoa.edu/rsvp

Exhibition runs through March 31, 2023
A schedule of viewing opportunities will be posted to tsoa.edu/lautner-exhibition

RSVP at: tsoa.edu/rsvp
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TSOA is pleased to present the second edition of John Lautner’s Pearlman Cabin & Walstrom Residence exhibition at Architekton, in collaboration with the Organic Architecture + Design Archives and the John Lautner Foundation. This exhibition, featuring two unique residential works by Lautner, a renowned American architect and early apprentice of the Taliesin Fellowship, first opened to the public at TSOA’s Arcosanti campus in the Fall of 2022, and has been re-located and re-organized by TSOA students at the offices of Architekton in Tempe, Arizona.

The latest edition opens Friday, February 3 from 5PM–7PM. A closing event on March 31, 2023, will reflect on the two projects, the two exhibitions, the creative process, and future potentials of future exhibitions as the collection of materials continue to travel and grow.

The following text on the exhibition is written by Louis Wiehle, a former apprentice of both Frank Lloyd Wright and John Lautner:

At the center of each exhibit narrative 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 homes 12 years apart, in 1957 and 1969, by sponsors who would keep them for the rest of their lives. Each building 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 at one with, its own landscape. The communities couldn’t be more different — one within the western San Jacinto Mountains, in Idyllwild, California, a quiet resort community of a few hundred people, where you could count the number of cars on your hands and feet during half the day — the other on the wall of a canyon sequestered from the sweep of Los Angeles’ large population, where the swirl of local activities and daily traffic are continuous.

The exhibit addresses Lautner’s concepts, the time and place, the programmatic similarities and differences, the settings and building materials, all of which Lautner used innately to express — though uniquely for each project — his own organic architecture.

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