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John Lautner’s Sheats-Goldstein Residence shows off its estate’s entertainment wing

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Culture buffs are no doubt familiar with the Sheats-Goldstein Residence in Los Angeles – the John Lautner-designed home of businessman and fashion/basketball aficionado James Goldstein, a modernist architecture classic made further famous by its striking presence in films and photography, such as The Big Lebowski and work by legends such as Helmut Newton. 

The wider Sheats-Goldstein estate where the property is situated is also home to the much-written-about Club James – in the residence’s adjacent Goldstein Entertainment Complex. Forming part of the compound – bequeathed to LACMA in 2016 – this wing of the estate is an accessory facility, its roof the site of an infinity tennis court. 

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Sheats-Goldstein Residence: the estate

Located in swanky Beverly Hills, the Sheats-Goldstein Residence was commissioned to John Lautner by the Sheats family in 1962 and later improved upon by the architect with current owner James Goldstein (who bought it in 1972). Expanded and enhanced during its lifespan, the property is currently looked after by Kristopher Conner and James Perry of Conner + Perry Architects, who have overseen and designed additions since 2015. 

aerial of the Goldstein Entertainment Complex at the sheats-goldstein residence among leafy garden

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The duo used to work with Duncan Nicholson, Lautner’s apprentice and associate (who continued work at the property following Lautner’s death in 1994), before setting up shop on their own in 2015, following Nicholson’s passing. As a result, they have intimate knowledge of the estate’s buildings and needs.

swimming pool at the Goldstein Entertainment Complex at the sheats-goldstein residence

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