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John Lautner, You Got Wood

The Lotta' Living Modern Committee Message Board, that's a mouthful, has alerted us to the proposed demolition of the "organic" wood paneled (and paneled, and paneled some more) James Goldstein office, designed by famed architect John Lautner, an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright.

The 850 square foot office space John Lautner designed for James Goldstein on the 20th Floor of the 10100 Santa Monica Blvd. building is the only remaining pristine commercial work designed by Lautner. Goldstein's lease expires at the end of September, and the law firm of Loeb & Loeb plans to gut the entire floor in preparing to add the floor to their existing three floors within the building. The challenge is for Loeb & Loeb and the building owner to incorporate the culturally significant space as a conference room on that floor.

The John Lautner Foundation has indicated they intend to "educate" the new tenants and building owners about the importance of preserving the office. Should that fail, we anticipate forced education via the court system.
· John Lautner's Goldstein Office in Century City Threatened [LottaLiving.com]