Dude, Check Out the Mansion Made Famous in ‘The Big Lebowski’

Judy Dutton
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Whether you’re a fan of great architecture or the film “The Big Lebowski”—or both—you may be excited to learn that you may now follow in The Dude’s footsteps and enter the mansion made famous in the bizarro 1998 comedy by Joel and Ethan Coen: the Sheats-Goldstein Residence, designed in 1961 by architect John Lautner.

“Lebowski” fans may recall that in the movie, a porn mogul owned this palatial home. But in real life, this $40 million modernist mansion in Los Angeles belongs to millionaire James Goldstein, who announced earlier this year that he plans to donate the iconic structure to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Although Goldstein will continue living there, he has already started offering limited tours, hoping to inspire a new generation of architects.

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So if you’re near L.A., consider signing up to gawk at this iconic piece of architecture. However, if lounging on your couch with a White Russian à la The Dude (played by Jeff Bridges) is more your speed, take a virtual tour courtesy of the Instagram photos that previous guests have posted, below.

This cavelike dwelling, built on a sandstone ledge, is an example of “organic architecture” that embraces nature.

The #Sheats #GoldsteinHouse | article on our blog

A photo posted by Delabuzz (@delabuzz) on Mar 2, 2016 at 5:55pm PST

Here’s the pool that served as the backdrop for the scene in which Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski meets porn mogul Jackie Treehorn. A slanted concrete roof covers the back of the home.

Thank you @jamesfgoldstein for this one of a kind #johnlautner gift to @lacma and the city of LA. #architecture

A photo posted by Nicolas Berggruen (@nicolasberggruen) on Mar 23, 2016 at 8:48pm PDT

And check out the top of the roof! Lautner embedded 750 drinking glasses in it, to send little beams of light into the living room.

Drinking skylights #sheatsgoldsteinresidence #architecture #concrete #glass #johnlautner

A photo posted by Conner & Perry Architects (@connerperryarchitects) on Apr 19, 2016 at 12:35pm PDT

Meanwhile, the master suite has floor-to-ceiling windows offering amazing views of downtown L.A.

The master bedroom

A photo posted by Stephanie Cary (@stephiecary) on Jul 14, 2016 at 9:43pm PDT

As The Dude acknowledges in the movie, it’s “quite a pad you got here, man”—far nicer than his own digs (even if the carpet does “tie the place together”).

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