Spotlight shines on “Long Lost” John Lautner house in Echo Park

Winged-shaped roof and carport in front of restored Lautner-designed home

ECHO PARK —  It was  once referred to as the “Long Lost Lautner,” a small, neglected Mid Century home designed by legendary architect John Lautner.  But the modest hillside home has become much more well known since designer Trina Turk and husband Jonathan Skow bought the place in 2014 for more than $1 million. Since then, the couple have had the home restored, declared a historic cultural monument, opened it up for tours and posted photos of it on their Instagram accounts.  But this week, the Long Lost Lautner had its biggest coming out party yet when it was featured by the New York Times.

Officially known as the Jules Salken Residence, the home was built in 1948 and was one the first batch of homes Lautner designed in Los Angeles. The approximately 1,100-square-foot hillside home with a wing-shaped roof had been overlooked among the many other well known homes and buildings Lautner designed over his career.

“The thing I love about it is there’s this weird rustic element mixed with this super space-age quality, “Skow told the the NY Times. “When the glass doors are open, it feels magical in here.”

In addition to a photo spread, the New York Times is hosting a 360-view of the house best viewed on your phone.  If you don’t mind small spaces, get ready for serious house envy.

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  1. Are those a couple of vintage Lautner Safety Cones out front? He sure had a way with orange…..

    • Those are most likely in place so they don’t accidentally back a car into one of those support beams. That would probably take out half the structure if they did. Not the most functional design of all time that’s for sure.

      • Silver Lake King

        I toured this place on a modernism tour and there are actually no closets in the entire house. A beautiful work of art but not a functional living space at all.

        • If you read the NY Times article you will learn that this is essentially being used by Jonathan as his man cave. If he has no use for closets, as it seems is the case, then this might very well be the pinnacle of functional living for HIM.

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