Barbara Bestor, FAIA of Bestor Architecture, will debut a short film, narrated by a surprise guest host, on the history and revitalization of Silvertop, architect John Lautner’s masterpiece in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles.
Silvertop is an important touchstone in the evolution of architectural design in both Los Angeles and internationally. Inventor Kenneth Reiner commissioned John Lautner to design what was to become one of the most technically and structurally innovative houses in the world. It was Lautner’s first major use of monolithic concrete as a sculptural as well as an architectural component and embodies the mid-century architect's future thinking.
Lautner began his design in 1956 and construction continued through 1964. The house was vacant until the 1970s when the second owners, Philip and Jacklyn Burchill acquired the house. They hired Lautner again to help complete the house and update it for their family’s lifestyle. The family owned the house until 2014, when it was bought by the current owners.
In 2014 they commissioned Bestor Architecture to create a contemporary residence by reconstructing and modernizing the space-age experimental engineering and by repairing late 1970’s construction additions, resulting in one of the most spectacular residences in the world.
After the film Barbara will explore the revitalization via a slide show and lecture and be available to answer questions from the audience. bestorarchitecture.com
This event qualifies for 1 AIA/CES Learning Units (LU).
Things to Know
This event is for all ages.
Local covid restrictions in effect at the time of the presentation will be respected.
Ample free public parking is available in the multi-level public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.
Event Check-in Location
Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 N. Museum Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262
Photo Credits: Iwan Baan, Tim Street Porter, Ray Kachatorian / Bestor Architects
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