Moon Over Modernism Honors John Lautner, FAIA

Tours of Two Stellar Lautner Homes Benefit Preservation and Documentation of Modernism

Saturday-Sunday, April 22-23

Moon Over Modernism features the Harvey House (left) and the Silvertop Residence (right). Images: Sara Essex Bradley (Harvey House), Alexander Isley (Moon Over Modernism logo), Tim Street-Porter (Silvertop). Click here for additional high-resolution images.

LOS ANGELES: Moon Over Modernism® features tours of the Harvey House and Silvertop, two homes that exemplify the experimental modernism of architect John Lautner, FAIA. Benefitting USModernist®, America’s largest open resource for Modernist architecture, the weekend event occurs April 22-23, 2023, and includes opening night party on Saturday and timed tours on Sunday. Event-goers may select either day or attend the entire weekend; there’s even a special VIP option. Every participant receives one free year’s USModernist membership in the Mod Squad ($120 value), which affords members discounts to USModernist activities.

The Harvey House Cocktail Party

Saturday, April 22nd, 5-8 PM

Designed by Lautner in 1950, The Harvey House is now owned by actress Kelly Lynch and producer Mitch Glazer, who purchased it in 1998. They lovingly restored the house with Lautner principal Helena Arahuete. Along with guided tours, party-goers will enjoy appetizers and signature cocktails provided by Vermont Spirits in the circular living room, while being entertained by jazz vocalist Staci Griesbach and her band. Tickets: $290.

The Silvertop Tour

Sunday, April 23rd, 12-5 PM

The 1964 Silvertop Residence was designed by Lautner and built by Wally Niewiadomski, but sat unfinished for a decade when inventor Kenneth Reiner couldn’t pay to finish it. In 1974, Jacklyn and Phillip Burchill engaged Lautner to complete it. In 2014, new owners of the iconic house tapped architect Barbara Bestor to renovate the property, which boasts expansive views of the city. Timed entry tours are every half hour from 12 to 3:30 PM. Tickets: $140.

VIP Tickets

The VIP Moon Over Modernism experience includes the party and a special sunset champagne reception at Silvertop at 4 PM. Tickets: $600 (limited availability).

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About USModernist

USModernist® is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization that provides documentation for nearly every iconic Modernist house in America with the mission to educate the public to preserve Modernism. USModernist Radio—hosted by the organization’s founder, George Smart, Hon. AIA, along with co-host Tom Guild—engages worldwide architects, historians, and architectural patrons in lively conversation. USModernist Library, the world’s largest open searchable digital collection of major US 20th-century architecture magazines, is a priceless resource containing more than 4 million downloadable pages from publications dating from 1890 to the present.


Sara Essex Bradley (Harvey House), Tim Street-Porter (Silvertop), Alexander Isley (Moon Over Modernism logo)

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