When architecture tourists visit other cities, they’re often dazzled by the forests of skyscrapers. Los Angeles is a different beast. Sure, there’s the iconic downtown core. But for the most part, this city’s built wonders are of smaller scale, and more design-focused.
L.A. is a virtual petting zoo of domestic architecture. From bungalows to Mid-century modern, there are exemplary specimens almost every style of house short of the yurt. And for all we know, there may be one in Encino.
Now you may get the chance to tour one of the city’s treasured modern homes. James F. Goldstein, the owner of the semi-eponious Sheats-Goldstein house (10104 Angel View Drive) has decided to donate it to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
If you’ve ever written a check for 69¢ to pay for heavy creme at 2am at Ralph’s, then you will probably recognize Ms. Goldstein’s home from the 1998 film The Big Lebowski. If you’re not into the whole brevity thing, man, then you’ll still be delighted when LACMA starts letting people tour the amazing space.
How amazing? LACMA director Michael Govan told the Los Angeles Times it is one of the most important houses in all of L.A. Which is saying something considering the Census Bureau tallies the number of homes in the City of Angels at 1,337,668.
If you thought Mr. Goldstein was generous for donating (actually bequeathing) his home to the art museum, you have no idea. The house comes complete with a separate office, night club, and $17 million for maintenance.
But even though this is a bequeathal, you don’t have to wait for Mr. Goldstein to die to get inside. He’s allowing LACMA to take a limited number of tours through the place while he’s still using it.