When USC undergraduates picked their way across the steppingstones spanning the koi-filled pool and walked through the glass doors of John Lautner’s Sheats-Goldstein Residence, there was a collective intake of breath.
Perched atop a steep hillside above Benedict Canyon and commanding panoramic views of the city skyline, Lautner’s dramatic angular concrete masterpiece had taken their breath away.
“Our jaws dropped when we walked into this house, and I don’t think we ever really closed them,” said Rebecca Michelson, an art history major. “Nothing has equaled the sense of awe we felt as we experienced this unbelievable home.”
Michelson, a senior, and five other USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences students were touring the Lautner house as part of the course “Living the California Dream: Modern Domestic Architecture and Design in Los Angeles,” which concluded in mid-June. Led by Megan Luke, assistant professor of art history, the four-week course introduced undergrads to the history of modern architecture by enabling them to experience many of the city’s most iconic 20th-century homes. […]