According to the L.A. Times, Mr. Goldstein purchased the home in 1972 for a mere $185,000. Since then, Goldstein has collaborated with the Lautner-hired architect Duncan Nicholson on a complementary entertainment complex. The house is more or less original, but some materials, built-ins, and motorized elements have been replaced; rooms on the lower level were also combined into one baller master suite furnished in concrete and featuring a see-through bathroom (it's blocked off by concrete).
The house is filled (filled) with photos of Goldstein posing with models and celebrities.
Even though he donated the house to the museum, Goldstein will still live in it and will allow the museum to give tours and host events.
The residence has been the setting for numerous fashion shoots and music videos, and has been featured in several movies, most notably as Jackie Treehorn's house in the Coen brothers' seminal film, The Big Lebowski (1998).
The home overlooks Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, and embodies the iconoclastic organic architecture and progressive engineering championed by John Lautner, a major figure of 20th century American design.
That's not just, like, my opinion, man. "For me, it ranks as one of the most important houses in all of L.A.", Michael Govan, the director of the museum, told Hawthorne. But Los Angeles residents know better.
The James Goldstein house, seen in "The Big Lebowski", has been "promised" to the art museum. The gift of the John Lautner-designed Beverly Hills home to LACMA is valued at $40 million and comes with a $17 million endowment for maintenance.