Sheats-Goldstein Residence Beverly Hills by John Lautner, Big Lebowski modern house, 1960s luxury LA real estate

James Goldstein House

LACMA real estate news: 20th Century Beverly Hills House, California by John Lautner Architect, USA

post updated February 24, 2024

This was Jackie Treehorn’s home in the 1998 film The Big Lebowski.

Date built: 1963

This modern L.A. residence was for US artist Helen Sheats and her husband.

James Goldstein House Joins LACMA Collection

Beginning today, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will consider it an impending part of its collection.

James Goldstein House in California
photo © Tom Ferguson Photography

February 23, 2016

James Goldstein House in Beverly Hills

LACMA today announced that the owner of John Lautner’s Beverly Hills space-age masterpiece – James Goldstein – has promised the estate and its contents — which include tropical gardens, an “entertainment complex,” a tennis court, works by Ed Ruscha and James Turrell, as well as a Rolls Royce — to the art museum, its first gift of architecture, reports

“Over the course of many meetings with (LACMA director) Michael Govan, I was very impressed with his appreciation for the history of the house and the role it has played in the cultural life of Los Angeles,” Goldstein said. “Hopefully, my gift will serve as a catalyst to encourage others to do the same to preserve and keep alive Los Angeles’s architectural gems for future generations.”

James Goldstein House in California
photo © Tom Ferguson Photography

John Lautner—a Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice, known for Los Angeles-area homes including the Chemosphere and the Arango House in Acapulco (RECORD, May 1997)—completed the house for artist Helen Sheats and her husband in 1963.

Perched atop the Beverly Hills, the poured-in-place concrete structure features a dramatically sloped, prow-like roof, which shoots out from the hillside over Los Angeles. Miniature skylights, made from 750 drinking glasses, puncture the coffered concrete ceiling, creating the illusion of a light-dappled lagoon. Sliding glass walls open the master bedroom to the outdoors and paths connect bedrooms to the house. Lautner designed the interiors, the lighting, and the concrete furniture (including those orange leather sofas).

RECORD wrote of the architect in 1991: “Lautner is designing houses we all should live in, but few of us can understand or afford.”

James Goldstein House in California
photo © Tom Ferguson Photography

The house’s eccentric owner, James Goldstein, manages to do both. The fashion-forward millionaire and self-described basketball “super fan” is said to have made his fortune in real estate. Goldstein purchased the property in 1972 and painstakingly restored it with Lautner. After Lautner’s death in 1994, Goldstein worked with a Lautner protégé to construct a three-story “entertainment complex” next door; the building includes Club James, which recently hosted a combined Valentine’s-Grammy nomination party for producer Mark Ronson and Jamie xx.

While the property (worth an estimated $40 million) will not be officially transferred to LACMA until the owner’s passing, the museum hopes to host events and exhibitions in the space in the near future.

James Goldstein House in California
photo © Tom Ferguson Photography

Govan, the director, said, “Great architecture is as powerful an inspiration as any artwork, and LACMA is honored to care for, maintain, and preserve this house, as well as to enhance access to this great resource for architecture students, scholars, and the public.”

This was pornographer Jackie Treehorn’s pad in the 1998 Coen Brothers’ film, The Big Lebowski.

John Lautner

Jim Goldstein Skyspace by James Turrell

16 Aug 2013

Jim Goldstein’s Skyspace by James Turrell

Jim Goldstein’s Skyspace by James Turrell

“Above Horizon”

SKYspace by James Turrell, situated at a residence in Beverly Crest.

Photos: Kenneth Johansson Photography

This intriguing piece of architecture / art is located at the spectacular, Sheats-Goldstein house (1963) designed by Modern architect John Lautner. This property is now owned by Jim Goldstein. It is a concrete room built into the hillside, a skyspace titled ‘Above Horizon’, by artist James Turrell, states LA Weekly. Openings in the concrete shell allow carefully calibrated light to play in the space. ‘Above Horizon’ has openings in the ceiling and wall, both programmed to open smoothly as you watch.

Jim Goldstein Skyspace by James Turrell
photo : Kenneth Johansson Photography

The Goldstein Skyspace was original envisioned by owner James Goldstein to be a collaboration between artist James Turrell and architect John Lautner, states the website ‘Architectoid – Learning Architecture for life’. Unfortunately Lautner passed away before the project came to fruition. An apprentice of Lautner, architect Duncan Nicholon took over the Architects role in collaboration with the James Turrell to complete the project in 2004.

Jim Goldstein Skyspace by James Turrell
photo : Kenneth Johansson Photography

The location of the Goldstein Skyspace art piece is in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. The difficult building site made the logistics of constructing the concrete shell structure on a caisson foundation difficult.

Jim Goldstein Skyspace by James Turrell images / information from Kenneth Johansson

Kenneth Johansson Photography – external link

Jim Goldstein’s Skyspace by James Turrell – external link to the ‘Architectoid – Learning Architecture for life’ article

Location: Beverly Crest, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

Beverly Hills Buildings

Beverly Hills Buildings

Beverly Hills Buildings

Benedict Canyon Residence
Design: Whipple Russell Architects
Benedict Canyon Residence in Beverly Hills
photograph : William MacCollum
Benedict Canyon Residence in Beverly Hills

Carla Ridge House
Architect: Whipple Russell Architects ; Interior Design: McCormick and Wright
Carla Ridge House in Beverly Hills
photography : Jason Speth
Carla Ridge House in Beverly Hills

Los Angeles Houses

The Chemosphere – Malin Residence
John Lautner

Oakpass Residence, Beverly Hills
Design: Heusch Inc Architecture
Oakpass Residence

John Lautner Film

Modern Architects

Modern Architecture

Modern Houses

Los Angeles Architecture Designs

LA Residences

Nakahouse, Hollywood Hills
Design: XTEN Architecture
photograph : Steve King

Oberfeld Residence, West Hollywood
Studio Pali Fekete architects (SPF:a)
Oberfeld Residence
photograph : John Linden
West Hollywood Residence

Californian Architecture

Los Angeles Architecture News

Los Angeles Architect

American Architecture Designs

American Architectural Designs – recent selection from e-architect:

America Architecture News – latest building updates

US Architecture News

American Houses

American Architecture

American Architects

John Lautner Film

Comments / photos for

James Goldstein House in Beverly HillsBeverly Crest Residence in Los Angeles, Southern California, USA page welcome.