Garcia House (Los Angeles, California)

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Coordinates: 34°07′21″N 118°21′32″W / 34.122452°N 118.359013°W / 34.122452; -118.359013

Garcia House
General information
Architectural styleMid-century modern
LocationMullholland Drive, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California
Construction started1962
OwnerBill Damaschke and John McIlwee
Design and construction
ArchitectJohn Lautner

The Garcia House (also known as The Rainbow House) is a private home in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, designed by architect John Lautner. Located on Mulholland Drive, it sits on stilts 60 feet above the canyon below. Also known as the "Rainbow House" for its parabolic roof over stained glass windows and a curved ceiling that rises to 30 feet in height, it has been described as "one of the 10 most important residences from the midcentury period in Los Angeles."[1][2]

The building was originally designed in 1962 for Russell Garcia. By 2002 it had undergone many changes from its original design and was in need of renovation. In 2002, actor Vincent Gallo sold the house for $1.3 million to Bill Damaschke, a DreamWorks executive, and his partner, business manager John McIlwee. Damaschke and McIlwee then invested another $1 million on an extensive renovation, supervised by the Marmol Radziner design firm.[1][2] They ultimately also added a fence to obstruct public views from the street into the glass-sided, transparent house.[3]

The house was prominently used as a location for the film Lethal Weapon 2,[4] as well as in a 2011 commercial for Oliver Peoples eyewear featuring singer Devendra Banhart and his girlfriend Rebecca Schwartz.[5]