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A Conference to Remember

Tuesday 16 February – VIP Opening Reception Getty Trustee House

  • Harry Gesner, architect and guest of honor and Jim Cuno, President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust.
  • View from the Getty’s Trustee House aka Scantlin House over Los Angeles.
  • Harry Gesner architect and guest of honor and Susan Macdonald, Head of GCI Field Projects.
  • Keynote speaker Wim de Wit, Adjunct Curator for Architecture and Design at Cantor Art Center, Stanford University and Jean Marie Teutonico, Associate Director of Programs at the GCI.
  • Lead Sponsor Crosby Doe, developer of ArchitectureForSale.com, Ted Bosley, director of The Gamble House and John McIlwee, owner of the Garcia House.
  • Iveta Cerna, director Villa Tugendhat, Susan Macdonald, Head of GCI Field Projects and Maristella Casciato, newly appointed Senior Curator Architecture Getty Research Institute.
  • Raymond Neutra, son of architect Richard Neutra and Harry Gesner, architect of the Scantlin House (now Trustee House) and guest of honor.
  • Zen Gesner, son of Harry Gesner and Willie van Burgsteden, designer of the Iconic Houses website and identity.
  • Natascha Drabbe founder Iconic Houses network, and keynote speaker Wim de Wit, Adjunct Curator for Architecture and Design at Cantor Art Center, Stanford University.
  • Jeffrey Herr, curator Hollyhock House and Linus Adolfsson gallerist at Seomi International based at the Bailey House.
  • Fundraising expert Buff Kavelman, Hetty Berens, curator Sonneveld House and Ted Bosley, director of The Gamble House.
  • Deborah Marrow, Director of the Getty Foundation welcoming Harry Gesner who is ready for his Q&A with Jim Cuno, President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust.
  • Natascha Drabbe, founder Iconic Houses network, introducing guest of honor Harry Gesner.
  • Harry Gesner and Jim Cuno, President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust.
  • Harry Gesner and Jim Cuno, President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust.
  • John McIllwee, Natascha Drabbe and Deborah Marrow.
  • Jim Cuno and Harry Gesner
  • Audience.
  • Sheridan Burke, Partner of GML Heritage and Lynda Waggoner, President and CEO of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and Fallingwater.
  • The Getty Trustee House aka Scantlin House, designed by Harry Gesner.
  • Deborah Marrow, Harry Gesner, Susan Macdonald, Natascha Drabbe, Antoine Wilmering, Senior Program Officer of Grant Program Keeping It Modern and Jim Cuno, President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust.
  • All guests of the VIP opening reception at the Getty Trustee House.
  • All guests of the VIP opening reception at the Getty Trustee House.
  • All guests of the VIP opening reception at the Getty Trustee House.
  • All guests of the VIP opening reception at the Getty Trustee House.
  • All guests of the VIP opening reception at the Getty Trustee House.
  • Harry Gesner, architect and guest of honor and Jim Cuno, President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust.
  • View from the Getty’s Trustee House aka Scantlin House over Los Angeles.
  • Harry Gesner architect and guest of honor and Susan Macdonald, Head of GCI Field Projects.
  • Keynote speaker Wim de Wit, Adjunct Curator for Architecture and Design at Cantor Art Center, Stanford University and Jean Marie Teutonico, Associate Director of Programs at the GCI.
  • Lead Sponsor Crosby Doe, developer of ArchitectureForSale.com, Ted Bosley, director of The Gamble House and John McIlwee, owner of the Garcia House.
  • Iveta Cerna, director Villa Tugendhat, Susan Macdonald, Head of GCI Field Projects and Maristella Casciato, newly appointed Senior Curator Architecture Getty Research Institute.
  • Raymond Neutra, son of architect Richard Neutra and Harry Gesner, architect of the Scantlin House (now Trustee House) and guest of honor.
  • Zen Gesner, son of Harry Gesner and Willie van Burgsteden, designer of the Iconic Houses website and identity.
  • Natascha Drabbe founder Iconic Houses network, and keynote speaker Wim de Wit, Adjunct Curator for Architecture and Design at Cantor Art Center, Stanford University.
  • Jeffrey Herr, curator Hollyhock House and Linus Adolfsson gallerist at Seomi International based at the Bailey House.
  • Fundraising expert Buff Kavelman, Hetty Berens, curator Sonneveld House and Ted Bosley, director of The Gamble House.
  • Deborah Marrow, Director of the Getty Foundation welcoming Harry Gesner who is ready for his Q&A with Jim Cuno, President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust.
  • Natascha Drabbe, founder Iconic Houses network, introducing guest of honor Harry Gesner.
  • Harry Gesner and Jim Cuno, President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust.
  • Harry Gesner and Jim Cuno, President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust.
  • John McIllwee, Natascha Drabbe and Deborah Marrow.
  • Jim Cuno and Harry Gesner
  • Audience.
  • Sheridan Burke, Partner of GML Heritage and Lynda Waggoner, President and CEO of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and Fallingwater.
  • The Getty Trustee House aka Scantlin House, designed by Harry Gesner.
  • Deborah Marrow, Harry Gesner, Susan Macdonald, Natascha Drabbe, Antoine Wilmering, Senior Program Officer of Grant Program Keeping It Modern and Jim Cuno, President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust.
  • All guests of the VIP opening reception at the Getty Trustee House.
  • All guests of the VIP opening reception at the Getty Trustee House.
  • All guests of the VIP opening reception at the Getty Trustee House.
  • All guests of the VIP opening reception at the Getty Trustee House.
  • All guests of the VIP opening reception at the Getty Trustee House.

As our Iconic Houses Conference opened at the Getty Center on February 17, there was some exceptionally good news regarding one of LA’s most iconic houses. The Sheats-Goldstein House, known to a huge public thanks to its starring role in the cult movie The Big Lebowski (and the scene of our conference closing cocktail party), was donated by its owner, the inimitable James Goldstein, to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

The future of the Sheats-Goldstein House is happily assured, but sadly the same is not true for many other important houses of the 20th century. Preserving these places for future generations is our mission at Iconic Houses, and our conference played a key role in promoting this goal. Over three days, we brought together 150 attendees, representing 11 nationalities, to learn from and inspire each other in ensuring an equally happy ending for many more of the world’s unique 20th-century houses.

Conference highlights included our Q&A session with visionary architect Harry Gesner and the tour of his remarkable Sandcastle, and Toshiko Mori’s keynote presentation on working with houses by the likes of Marcel Breuer and Frank Lloyd-Wright. With a program of two expert sessions and 12 talks, plus visits to 15 of California’s most memorable iconic houses, it was a complex event. Yet thanks to the unflagging support of our superb team of organizers, everything went without a hitch. Don’t take our word for it though: check out our press coverage and read what the conference goers themselves thought below!

Wednesday 17 February – Pre-conference Tours of Los Angeles house museums

  • The Gamble House
  • First group of visitors at The Gamble House: Nina berre, (…), Elisabeth Tostrup, (…) and Katrin Lesser
  • Exploring The Gamble House
  • Exploring The Gamble House
  • DWELL editors Emma Geiszler and Paige Alexus, (…) Villa Stenersen’s Nina Berre, Tauts’s Home’s Ben Buschfeld and Katrin Lesser, Ted Bosley, Mariet Willinge, Carsten Bauer, Jaap Swart and Pieter van der Meer
  • Neutra VDL Sudios and Residences
  • Toshiko Mori exploring the VDL House
  • Peeking into the kitchen
  • Ben Buschfeld making a shot
  • Roof of Neutra VDL Sudios and Residences
  • Hollyhock House
  • Hollyhock House
  • Exploring the Hollyhock House
  • Hollyhock House
  • Hollyhock House
  • Schindler House
  • Schindler House
  • Liz Cobben and Carsten Bauer
  • Jaap Swart and Pieter van der Meer
  • Schindler House
  • The Gamble House
  • First group of visitors at The Gamble House: Nina berre, (…), Elisabeth Tostrup, (…) and Katrin Lesser
  • Exploring The Gamble House
  • Exploring The Gamble House
  • DWELL editors Emma Geiszler and Paige Alexus, (…) Villa Stenersen’s Nina Berre, Tauts’s Home’s Ben Buschfeld and Katrin Lesser, Ted Bosley, Mariet Willinge, Carsten Bauer, Jaap Swart and Pieter van der Meer
  • Neutra VDL Sudios and Residences
  • Toshiko Mori exploring the VDL House
  • Peeking into the kitchen
  • Ben Buschfeld making a shot
  • Roof of Neutra VDL Sudios and Residences
  • Hollyhock House
  • Hollyhock House
  • Exploring the Hollyhock House
  • Hollyhock House
  • Hollyhock House
  • Schindler House
  • Schindler House
  • Liz Cobben and Carsten Bauer
  • Jaap Swart and Pieter van der Meer
  • Schindler House

Wednesday 17 February – Expert Meetings

  • Jesse Lattig, local conference organizer and Preservation Director at Pasadena Heritage
  • Buff Kavelman and Susan Macdonald kick-off the workshop Keys to Successful Fundraising
  • Buff Kavelman giving her workshop Keys to Successful Fundraising
  • Franklin Vagnone, co-author of The Anarchist Guide to Historic House Museums, reports on Twittter and his blog Twisted Preservation
  • Antoine Wilmering presenting how applications for the Getty Foundation’s Keeping it Modern Grants are reviewed
  • David Falkner presents how Kingston University raises funds for Dorich House, as its director
  • Lynda Waggoner, presents how she raises funds for Fallingwater, as its director
  • Group discussion with Melnikov House's Pavel Kuznetsov left, Raymond Neutra, Sheridan Burke and Isabel Bernard (Maison Bernard)
  • Representatives of 30 houses joined the expert meetings
  • Susan Macdonald, Franklin Vagnone, Sheridan Burke of GML Heritage from Australia leading the CMP workshp. Randy Gragg, Aubrey Watzek House, in the back
  • T.K. Mcclintock representing the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Natascha Drabbe (Van Schijndel House), conference organizer, Gjoril Reinecke (Isokon Building), Fred Noyes (Noyes House) and Randy Gragg (Watzek House)
  • Ton Wilmering making notes from the moderated discussion with Lucia Dewey Atwood (Eames House) and Dana Friis-Hansen and Mark Holzbach (The Plant at Kyle) on the right
  • Gail Ostergren moderates the break out session with Jeffrey Herr (Hollyhock House), Mary Roberts (Darwin D. Martin House), Marita Gomis Betrand (La Ricarda), Tommi Lindh , (Alvar Aalto Foundation), Michael Likierman (Cap Moderne / Villa E-1-27), Paul-Hervé Parsy (Villa Cabrois), Susan Macdonald and Titania Truesdale (Strutt House)
  • David Falkner (Dorich House), (..), Pavel Kuznetsov (Melnikov House), Vicky Mclean (Walsh Street), Raymond Neutra (VDL Studio and Residences), Isabel Bernard (Maison Bernard), Sheridan Burke (GML Heritage)
  • Buff Kavelman, Magnus Englund (Isokon Building), Lynda Waggoner (Fallingwater), Cory Buckner (MHA Site Office), Chandler McCoy (Getty Conservation Institute, Bob Liljestrand (Liljestrand House), Ian Innes (Rose Seidler House) and Fiona Falkner (Dorich House) seen on the back
  • Presenting the outcomes of the case studies in the CMP workshop to each other
  • Wrapping up by Susan Macdonald, Head of Field Projects at the GCI
  • Happy faces in the Getty tram back to the hotel, after a day of intense conversations, Raymond Neutra and Cory Buckner
  • Randy Gragg (Watzek House), Bob Liljestrand (Liljestrand House) and Frank Vagnone (The Anarchist Guide to Historic House Museum)
  • Jesse Lattig, local conference organizer and Preservation Director at Pasadena Heritage
  • Buff Kavelman and Susan Macdonald kick-off the workshop Keys to Successful Fundraising
  • Buff Kavelman giving her workshop Keys to Successful Fundraising
  • Franklin Vagnone, co-author of The Anarchist Guide to Historic House Museums, reports on Twittter and his blog Twisted Preservation
  • Antoine Wilmering presenting how applications for the Getty Foundation’s Keeping it Modern Grants are reviewed
  • David Falkner presents how Kingston University raises funds for Dorich House, as its director
  • Lynda Waggoner, presents how she raises funds for Fallingwater, as its director
  • Group discussion with Melnikov House's Pavel Kuznetsov left, Raymond Neutra, Sheridan Burke and Isabel Bernard (Maison Bernard)
  • Representatives of 30 houses joined the expert meetings
  • Susan Macdonald, Franklin Vagnone, Sheridan Burke of GML Heritage from Australia leading the CMP workshp. Randy Gragg, Aubrey Watzek House, in the back
  • T.K. Mcclintock representing the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Natascha Drabbe (Van Schijndel House), conference organizer, Gjoril Reinecke (Isokon Building), Fred Noyes (Noyes House) and Randy Gragg (Watzek House)
  • Ton Wilmering making notes from the moderated discussion with Lucia Dewey Atwood (Eames House) and Dana Friis-Hansen and Mark Holzbach (The Plant at Kyle) on the right
  • Gail Ostergren moderates the break out session with Jeffrey Herr (Hollyhock House), Mary Roberts (Darwin D. Martin House), Marita Gomis Betrand (La Ricarda), Tommi Lindh , (Alvar Aalto Foundation), Michael Likierman (Cap Moderne / Villa E-1-27), Paul-Hervé Parsy (Villa Cabrois), Susan Macdonald and Titania Truesdale (Strutt House)
  • David Falkner (Dorich House), (..), Pavel Kuznetsov (Melnikov House), Vicky Mclean (Walsh Street), Raymond Neutra (VDL Studio and Residences), Isabel Bernard (Maison Bernard), Sheridan Burke (GML Heritage)
  • Buff Kavelman, Magnus Englund (Isokon Building), Lynda Waggoner (Fallingwater), Cory Buckner (MHA Site Office), Chandler McCoy (Getty Conservation Institute, Bob Liljestrand (Liljestrand House), Ian Innes (Rose Seidler House) and Fiona Falkner (Dorich House) seen on the back
  • Presenting the outcomes of the case studies in the CMP workshop to each other
  • Wrapping up by Susan Macdonald, Head of Field Projects at the GCI
  • Happy faces in the Getty tram back to the hotel, after a day of intense conversations, Raymond Neutra and Cory Buckner
  • Randy Gragg (Watzek House), Bob Liljestrand (Liljestrand House) and Frank Vagnone (The Anarchist Guide to Historic House Museum)

Building the Iconic Houses Toolkit
Our expert sessions explored fundraising and conservation management plans (CMPs), two topics of crucial importance to our members. A total of 30 people spent the day working hard in break out sessions to establish the USPs of their houses, challenges and opportunities in a series of case studies in order to identify new funding partnerships and create CMPs. Practical toolkits allowed them to analyze the houses’ strengths and weaknesses. The experiences of the expert sessions are being used to help develop the forthcoming Iconic Houses Toolkit, which will be made available to all members.

Conference Videos Now Online
Our conference content is now online - a new resource for Iconic Houses fans. Our video footage is packed full of ideas, information, inspiration and entertainment – including a playful presentation from our ‘museum anarchists’ Franklin Vagnone and Deborah Ryan, featuring some fun footage courtesy of Jacques Tati, to name just one example. So check out our videos to see what you missed, or to refresh your memory of this unique event. What’s your own favorite conference moment? We’d love to hear from you.

Praise for the Iconic Houses Conference at the Getty Center

‘This has been a fantastic conference! I have learned so much, both from presenters and our fellows.’
Lucia Atwood – Eames House

‘You definitely got everyone's attention here in Los Angeles! Harry Gesner was a real discovery for many people, and with the timing of the Los Angeles Times article it almost seemed to some as if you were the one who brokered the deal between LACMA and Jimmy Goldstein.’
Ted Bosley Jr – The Gamble House

‘It was such an inspiring and educational event. I met so many incredible people based all around the world; many of whom I intend to keep in touch and hope to see in two years.’
Cory Buckner – MHA Site Office

‘It was an incredibly rich week in so many ways – wonderful people, places and ideas – and such a privilege to have the opportunity of visiting so many private homes.’
Fiona Fisher – Dorich House

Your vision and organisation is so important to the world of architecture and the future of it.’
Harry Gesner – The Sandcastle

‘It was a fantastic conference. In fact, I think it is the best conference I’ve ever attended and you are to be congratulated. I’ve expressed this view to other attendees who were equally enthusiastic.’
Jeffrey Herr – Hollyhock House

‘The presenters, representing an array of expertise, were universally well versed, well organized, talked concisely and to the point….The size of the conference was also just right - small enough so that you saw new acquaintances repeatedly, but large enough so that others were untapped. And the attendees list, with so much overlap and yet diversity, was itself enriching.’
Fred Noyes – Noyes House

‘It was a wonderful combination of lectures, tours, and social events.’
Bob Liljestrand – Liljestrand House

‘…Such a wonderful group of passionate conservationists and heritage celebrants.’
Titania Truesdale – Strutt House

Thursday 17 February – Lectures and House Tours to private homes

  • Jesse Lattig and Getty colleagues at the check in desk at Museum Lecture Hall
  • Welcome by Susan Macdonald, Head of Field projects at the Getty Conservation Institute
  • Opening words and update by Natascha Drabbe, founder of the Iconic Houses network
  • Keynote address by Wim de Wit, Adjunct Curator for Architecture and Design at Cantor Art Center, Stanford University
  • Linda Dishman, director of the Los Angeles Conservancy pointing out the risks of 'mansionization'
  • Overview Museum Lecture Hall at the Getty Center
  • Morning break Museum Lecture Hall at the Getty Center
  • Enjoying the fabulous garden of the Getty Center during the breaks
  • Enjoying the fabulous view of the Getty Center during the breaks
  • Audience in anticipation of the next speaker, moderator Alan Hess on the right
  • Ted Bosley, director of the Gamble House: ‘The Gamble House: Bringing the New and the Next'
  • Alan Hess moderates the question for, Lucia Dewey Atwood who just shared with us her vision of 'Conserving our Future: The Eames House in 250 Years'
  • Architect and president of the Cape Cod Modern House Trust Malachi Connolly gave an insight with ‘Bauhaus on the Beach’ how they preserve modern houses
  • Afternoon tours, starting at the Eames House
  • Catherine Davis tells about the Eames House on the meadow
  • Touring the Eames House
  • Architect Cory Buckner gives a tour of her MHA Site Office which is her house now. Probably the first time that she had 37 people in her bedroom
  • View of the terrace of Cory Buckner’s MHA Site Office designed by A. Quincy Jones
  • The Sandcastle in Malibu designed by our guest of honor Harry Gesner
  • Interior of the Sandcastle in Malibu designed by our guest of honor Harry Gesner
  • The Wave House in Malibu designed by our guest of honor Harry Gesner
  • Harry Gesner and Toshiko Mori at the Sandcastle in Malibu
  • Harry Gesner’s surf boards
  • Harry Gesner and his assistant Lisa Stoddard at his deck for sunsets, Sandcastle in Malibu
  • Jesse Lattig and Getty colleagues at the check in desk at Museum Lecture Hall
  • Welcome by Susan Macdonald, Head of Field projects at the Getty Conservation Institute
  • Opening words and update by Natascha Drabbe, founder of the Iconic Houses network
  • Keynote address by Wim de Wit, Adjunct Curator for Architecture and Design at Cantor Art Center, Stanford University
  • Linda Dishman, director of the Los Angeles Conservancy pointing out the risks of 'mansionization'
  • Overview Museum Lecture Hall at the Getty Center
  • Morning break Museum Lecture Hall at the Getty Center
  • Enjoying the fabulous garden of the Getty Center during the breaks
  • Enjoying the fabulous view of the Getty Center during the breaks
  • Audience in anticipation of the next speaker, moderator Alan Hess on the right
  • Ted Bosley, director of the Gamble House: ‘The Gamble House: Bringing the New and the Next'
  • Alan Hess moderates the question for, Lucia Dewey Atwood who just shared with us her vision of 'Conserving our Future: The Eames House in 250 Years'
  • Architect and president of the Cape Cod Modern House Trust Malachi Connolly gave an insight with ‘Bauhaus on the Beach’ how they preserve modern houses
  • Afternoon tours, starting at the Eames House
  • Catherine Davis tells about the Eames House on the meadow
  • Touring the Eames House
  • Architect Cory Buckner gives a tour of her MHA Site Office which is her house now. Probably the first time that she had 37 people in her bedroom
  • View of the terrace of Cory Buckner’s MHA Site Office designed by A. Quincy Jones
  • The Sandcastle in Malibu designed by our guest of honor Harry Gesner
  • Interior of the Sandcastle in Malibu designed by our guest of honor Harry Gesner
  • The Wave House in Malibu designed by our guest of honor Harry Gesner
  • Harry Gesner and Toshiko Mori at the Sandcastle in Malibu
  • Harry Gesner’s surf boards
  • Harry Gesner and his assistant Lisa Stoddard at his deck for sunsets, Sandcastle in Malibu

Friday 18 February – Lectures and House Tours to private homes

  • Keynote address ‘Frank, Paul, Marcel and me’ by architect Toshiko Mori
  • Another day with a packed Museum Lecture Hall at the Getty Center
  • Another day with a packed Museum Lecture Hall at the Getty Center
  • Jeffrey Herr and moderator after his presentation ‘Hollyhock House Redux: an Opportunity to Reboot’. Moderator of the day was Trudi Sandmeier Director, Heritage Conservation Graduate Program, USC.
  • Kimberli Meyer, director of the MAK Center at the Schindler House, 'Taking Cues from the Schindlers'
  • Sarah Lorenzen, Director of the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences, presents 'Activating the Neutra VDL Research House: a Means of Preservation’
  • Q&A by Trudi Sandmeier with our guest of honor Harry Gesner
  • Q&A by Trudi Sandmeier with our guest of honor Harry Gesner
  • Q&A by Trudi Sandmeier with our guest of honor Harry Gesner
  • Q&A by Trudi Sandmeier with our guest of honor Harry Gesner
  • Guest of honor Harry Gesner
  • Closing words by Natascha Drabbe, pointing out how thankful she is that Harry Genser draw a new plan of his Sandcastle for the conference publication
  • Dearture for the afternoon house tours
  • The Bailey House, now the gallery Seomi International
  • The Garcia House by John Lautner
  • Arrival at Sheats-Goldstein Residence
  • Entering the Sheats-Goldstein Residence
  • Roberta Leighton gives us a tour at the Sheats-Goldstein Residence
  • Roberta Leighton gives us a tour at the Sheats-Goldstein Residence
  • Checking out the view over Los Angeles at the pool
  • The water is temptingly warm
  • Tennis court at the Sheats-Goldstein Residence
  • Closing cocktail at Club James, LACMA’s Matthew Thompson on the left
  • Closing cocktail at Club James
  • James Goldstein and Natascha Drabbe
  • James Goldstein, owner of the Sheats-Goldstein Residence
  • Natascha Drabbe and LACMA’s Matthew Thompson
  • The merriment continous
  • John McIlwee and friends
  • Its a club...
  • Raymond Neutra and Fredrick Noyes, both sons of their fathers
  • What a week and what a view...
  • Keynote address ‘Frank, Paul, Marcel and me’ by architect Toshiko Mori
  • Another day with a packed Museum Lecture Hall at the Getty Center
  • Another day with a packed Museum Lecture Hall at the Getty Center
  • Jeffrey Herr and moderator after his presentation ‘Hollyhock House Redux: an Opportunity to Reboot’. Moderator of the day was Trudi Sandmeier Director, Heritage Conservation Graduate Program, USC.
  • Kimberli Meyer, director of the MAK Center at the Schindler House, 'Taking Cues from the Schindlers'
  • Sarah Lorenzen, Director of the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences, presents 'Activating the Neutra VDL Research House: a Means of Preservation’
  • Q&A by Trudi Sandmeier with our guest of honor Harry Gesner
  • Q&A by Trudi Sandmeier with our guest of honor Harry Gesner
  • Q&A by Trudi Sandmeier with our guest of honor Harry Gesner
  • Q&A by Trudi Sandmeier with our guest of honor Harry Gesner
  • Guest of honor Harry Gesner
  • Closing words by Natascha Drabbe, pointing out how thankful she is that Harry Genser draw a new plan of his Sandcastle for the conference publication
  • Dearture for the afternoon house tours
  • The Bailey House, now the gallery Seomi International
  • The Garcia House by John Lautner
  • Arrival at Sheats-Goldstein Residence
  • Entering the Sheats-Goldstein Residence
  • Roberta Leighton gives us a tour at the Sheats-Goldstein Residence
  • Roberta Leighton gives us a tour at the Sheats-Goldstein Residence
  • Checking out the view over Los Angeles at the pool
  • The water is temptingly warm
  • Tennis court at the Sheats-Goldstein Residence
  • Closing cocktail at Club James, LACMA’s Matthew Thompson on the left
  • Closing cocktail at Club James
  • James Goldstein and Natascha Drabbe
  • James Goldstein, owner of the Sheats-Goldstein Residence
  • Natascha Drabbe and LACMA’s Matthew Thompson
  • The merriment continous
  • John McIlwee and friends
  • Its a club...
  • Raymond Neutra and Fredrick Noyes, both sons of their fathers
  • What a week and what a view...

Gesner Shines as Guest of Honor
An architect whose life and work embodies our conference theme, ‘A California State of Mind,’ Harry Gesner took the stage as our conference Guest of Honor, seated in conversation with Trudi Sandmeier while images of his beautiful buildings formed the backdrop to a lively discussion. For much of his career, Gesner told us, “It was a very small percentage of the population that understood my work.” His inspiration, he explains, was always “nature, not other architects.” Happily, his warm reception at the Getty Center showed that the world has finally caught up with this visionary architect and thinker, who is responsible for some of LA’s most original houses. Gesner kept us entertained with his accounts of current projects such as a lodge and huts for The Wave, the Lake Huron-based initiative of his good friend, surfing legend Kelly Slater, who has developed a continuous artificial wave for surfers. Another current project, the Autonomous Tent, is a way to circumvent bureaucracy and building regulations with an off-the-grid design (a house with no foundations, it is classed not as a house but as a tent). After listening enthralled to his enthusiasm for medieval castles, surfing, round houses and the quirks of some of his more colorful clients, the audience gave him a resounding ovation. He responded, “I never got applause before!” Shining a light on this pioneering environmental architect’s wonderful body of work for our Iconic Houses members was one of the proudest achievements of our conference.

Double Celebration
Our closing cocktail party at Lautner’s wonderful Sheats-Goldstein House was a double celebration. We were raising a glass not only to the success of the conference, but also to James Goldstein’s generous gift of the house to LACMA to ensure, as he said at the party, that it would remain for the world to enjoy for the next 100 years and more. To mark the occasion, Iconic Houses founder Natascha Drabbe presented him with an Iconic Houses plaque, and LACMA’s Matthew Thompson made a speech in which he thanked Goldstein, saying that it was “difficult to overstate the significance of the gift to LACMA and the people of LA”, and that the house is an important example of “the experimental domestic architecture that is the city’s great cultural legacy.” It’s perhaps hard to believe, but this will be the first Lautner house to become a house museum – an important step in preserving the legacy of this important architect, and something to celebrate indeed.

Saturday 20 February – Post-conference Tour to Palm Springs

  • In the bus on the way to Palm Springs
  • Grace Miller House by Richard Neutra
  • Owner Catherine Meyler gives a tour of her meticulously restored Grace Miller House
  • Owner Catherine Meyler gives a tour of her meticulously restored Grace Miller House
  • Edris House, designed by E. Stewart Williams
  • Edris House, interior
  • Edris House, view from the pool
  • Edris House owner, J.R. Roberts gives a tour of his meticulously restored house
  • J.R. Roberts demonstrates the sliding doors in the Edris House
  • Albert Frey House II
  • View over Palm Springs from the Albert Frey House II
  • The famous rock with light switch in Albert Frey’s house
  • From the visitors center on the way to A. Quincy Jones’ designed Annenberg Estate, now Sunnylands
  • Sunset at Sunnylands with the San Jacinto Mountains in the background
  • A closing reception hosted by The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands
  • Janice Lyle, director at Sunnylands, welcomes our group
  • Janice Lyle, director at Sunnylands tells engaged about Sunylands and her involvement with the Iconic Houses network
  • Sunnylands was one of the sponsors that made it possible to organize the conference
  • A moment of contemplation, enjoying wine and each others company. David Falkner, Penny Sparke and Pavel Kuzentsov
  • Happy faces, a lasting impression of the conference
  • In the bus on the way to Palm Springs
  • Grace Miller House by Richard Neutra
  • Owner Catherine Meyler gives a tour of her meticulously restored Grace Miller House
  • Owner Catherine Meyler gives a tour of her meticulously restored Grace Miller House
  • Edris House, designed by E. Stewart Williams
  • Edris House, interior
  • Edris House, view from the pool
  • Edris House owner, J.R. Roberts gives a tour of his meticulously restored house
  • J.R. Roberts demonstrates the sliding doors in the Edris House
  • Albert Frey House II
  • View over Palm Springs from the Albert Frey House II
  • The famous rock with light switch in Albert Frey’s house
  • From the visitors center on the way to A. Quincy Jones’ designed Annenberg Estate, now Sunnylands
  • Sunset at Sunnylands with the San Jacinto Mountains in the background
  • A closing reception hosted by The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands
  • Janice Lyle, director at Sunnylands, welcomes our group
  • Janice Lyle, director at Sunnylands tells engaged about Sunylands and her involvement with the Iconic Houses network
  • Sunnylands was one of the sponsors that made it possible to organize the conference
  • A moment of contemplation, enjoying wine and each others company. David Falkner, Penny Sparke and Pavel Kuzentsov
  • Happy faces, a lasting impression of the conference



Photography by Els Zweerink for Iconic Houses

Publication date 31 March 2016