It was almost two years ago when I first set foot on Jim Goldstein's iconic property on Angelo View Drive in Beverly Hills, one of the most well known and prestigious properties in the 90210.
Designed by the late John Lautner in 1961, you may have seen this home featured on the front page of just about every architecture magazine around the world. Quite frequently used as a location for multi-million dollar movies, high-end luxury fashion photo shoots, and a hang out spot for Hollywood's Elite.
Last year, Jim Goldstein announced that in the future, he will be donating his home, its contents, and the surrounding estate to LACMA. This promised gift includes a $17 million fund for the upkeep of the house, as well as the art in the home, including a spectacular piece by artist James Turrell. According to the Los Angeles Times, LACMA will use the house to host events, fundraisers, exhibitions, and occasional public access tours.
Lucky for me, I didn't need a public access tour, I had a private invitation and the best tour guide of all, Jim Goldstein himself. Goldstein invited me over to show me the property and while I interviewed him for Gas & Gander after we met at a TASCHEN Gallery event. An interview later published by Paper Magazine. We spoke about his life, his ambitions, and most importantly at the time, his ongoing renovations; bringing his dream of Club James to life.
Back when I first visited, Club James was just a shell below the infinity tennis court. All I saw then was a model that included an entertainment room, DJ booth, a VIP area, and private offices. I stopped by a couple of weeks ago on a visit to Los Angeles to see the progress. The plan, which expands out onto the terrace, will include an infinity pool with the best view in Los Angeles, and a BBQ area for private parties. The construction is well underway with much of the interior work complete, and Club James has already been used to host Grammy after parties and exclusive events.
Club James feels incredibly special and unique. A futuristic and surreal oasis underground at the Sheats Goldstein Residence, hidden away from the rest of the world. Club James was a project started by John Lautner's protégé Duncan Nicholson, and when Nicholson unexpectedly died after a battle with cancer, the project was passed onto the firm of Kristopher Conner and James Perry (Connor & Perry Architects), who have both been well-trained by Duncan Nicholson.
Thanks to Jim and his incredible assistants for hosting me again. I'm looking forward to seeing the completed project, and perhaps taking a dip in that infinity pool... Well, I can dream about that anyway.