John Lautner designs open during Palm Springs Modernism Week


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Because so many of the home tours during Palm Springs Modernism Week have sold out already -- who wouldn’t want to see Frank Sinatra’s Modernist pad? -- we’re pointing out that tickets are still available for tours of two John Lautner landmarks.

Lautner’s Elrod House (1968), shown above, will be open for five public tours Feb. 24-26 to benefit the Los Angeles Conservancy and the MAK Center for Art and Architecture. The home, famous for its domed concrete roof and wedge-shaped skylights, was featured in the 1971 James Bond film ‘Diamonds Are Forever.’ Tickets for the tour are $45; the tour with a special brunch on Feb. 26 is $99.


Prior to the Elrod House, Lautner designed what is now known as the Hotel Lautner (1947) in nearby Desert Hot Springs. It will open to the public for the first time since a renovation by its owners, designers Tracy Beckmann and Ryan Trowbridge. They, along with board members of the John Lautner Foundation, will offer tours and answer questions from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 19. Tickets are $25. A three-course dinner follows at Two Bunch Palms for an extra charge. Tickets are available online through the John Lautner Foundation.

A detailed list of tours, lectures, films and other events is posted to the website for Palm Springs Modernism Week, which runs Feb. 16-26.


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-- Lisa Boone

Updated: This post was updated with a different lead photo.

Upper photo courtesy of Expoint Realty

Lower photo credit: Dan Chavkin