Male, US, born 1911-07-16, died 1994-10-24

Associated with the firms network

Honnold and Lautner, Associated Architects; Lautner, John E., Architect; Taliesin Fellowship


Professional History

After college, Lautner apprenticed on a Taliesin Fellowship (Wisconsin and Arizona) with Frank Lloyd Wright in 1933-1939. For Wright, he supervised some of his most important works of the 1930s, including Falling Water,(Bear Run, PA, 1936) and the Johnson Wax Building, (Racine Wisc., 1937). He came to Southern California in 1937 to oversee the construction of the Sturges and Oboler Houses for Wright. He designed his first house, for himself and his first wife, on Micheltorena Street in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, in 1939; during World War II, Lautner worked as a Contractors' Superintendant.

Visiting Critic, Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA.

As late as 1951, Lautner was still not a licensed architect, as he had failed the structural portion of the examination up to that point;

Named Olympic Architect, Los Angeles Summer Olympics, 1984; Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement from the American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles Chapter, 1993;

Education

He first attended the University of Michigan but left it soon after starting. He received a B.A. in English from Northern State Teachers College, (later known as Northern Michigan State College and as Northern Michigan University), 1933;

Personal

Born in Marquette, MI, Lautner worked for Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin, Spring Green, WI, from 1934-1940; he moved permanently to Los Angeles, CA, in 1940 and died in there at the age of 83. His last residence was in the 90028 zip code of Los Angeles.

Father: John Edward Lautner,(b. Michigan, 06-12/1879-d. Ubly, MI, 05/1970), a college instructor, according to the 1930 US Census; his parents, Wencel, a farmer, and Inna, a housewife, came to Michigan from Austria before 1866; mother: Vida Cathleen Gallagher, (b. Wisconsin, 08/22/1884-d. Marquette, MI, 06/1978), a woman 5 years younger than her husband, who worked as an interior designer; her father was from Ireland;

Lautner married Mary Faustina Roberts, (later Mary deRoche)(d. 04/21/1995) in 1934 and divorced her in 1946; they had four daughters and one son; following the divorce, Mary returned to live in Marquette, MI. Lautner was survived by his second wife, Elizabeth Gilman Honnold, (whom he married in 1950), four children, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren; his second wife, was once the wife of his former business associate, Douglas Honnold. One of Lautner's step-children was Elizabeth Honnold Harris.

Daughters: Karol Lautner (b. 1938); Mary Beecher Lautner (b. CA, 1944); Judith Munroe Lautner (b. CA, 1946); Sons: Michael John Lautner (b. Astor Farm, Indio, CA, 1942)

There is a discrepancy in the death date between the California Death Index, 1940-1997, and the Social Security Death Index; SSN: 567-26-6348;



Associated Locations

  • Marquette, MI (Architect's Birth)
    Marquette, MI

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Hope, Leslie Townes (Bob) and Dolores, House, Southridge, Palm Springs, CA1973-1980Palm SpringsCA
Kaymar Manufacturing Company, Incorporated, Building, Los Angeles, CA1958Los AngelesCA
Lautner, John Edward and Mary Roberts, House, Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA1939-1940Los AngelesCA
L'Horizon Apartments, Westwood, Los Angeles, CALos AngelesCA
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), Midtown School, Los Angeles, CA1961Los AngelesCA
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