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Sheats-Goldstein Residence

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Conner & Perry Architects

Sheats-Goldstein Residence
By Elisa Grossi -

Turn his home into a museum open to the public to raise awareness of outstanding architecture in Los Angeles: this is the intention of American businessman and arts patron James Goldstein, owner of one of the most famous of all Hollywood’s mansions to which he has dedicated much of his life. Always attired in signature cowboy boots and hat, leather pants and jackets with animalier motifs, Goldstein – born in 1940 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin – is especially known for his passion for basketball and fashion. He is frequently to be seen in a front row seat at important NBA matches and beside the catwalk of haute couture fashion shows in Milan, Paris and New York. He purchased the Hollywood house from its former owners in 1972. Immediately on discovering this vast property in the famed Beverly Hills enclave surrounded by natural vegetation and with spectacular views over L.A., Goldstein, a devotee of modern architecture with a predilection for Frank Lloyd Wright, knew he had found what he had been looking for. For the last 50 years, he has continued to improve and extend the residence to bring it as close as possible to his idea of perfection. Over this period, the house has been used as the backdrop for hundreds of fashion photoshoots and been the set of numerous movies, including Charlie’s Angels (2000) and The Big Lebowski (1998). Although still his permanent home, Goldstein has bequeathed the villa to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art along with all its contents: various works of art – including the Above Horizon skyspace by James Turrell and a work by Ed Ruscha – his branded wardrobe and a 1961 Rolls Royce. The donation, says Goldstein, will ensure the house is preserved as it stands and allow anyone who wants to view the property. In the meanwhile, however, he continues his painstaking work towards its perfection. The latest addition is the Goldstein Entertainment Complex, a new entertainment and...

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