9.3 LAUTNER HOTEL IN PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA
Formerly known as The Desert Hot Springs Motel was recently renamed the new Lautner Hotel to honor its architect John Lautner one of North America’s important contemporary architects. Lautner was responsible for a number of homes used in famous Hollywood movies – to name a few:
- The Elrod House in James Bond’s “Diamond are Forever”
- The Chemosphere House in “Charlie’s Angels”
- The Schaffe House in Los Angeles in “A Single Man”
The original building was built in 1947 and recently restored by the John Lautner Foundation formed to preserve the Lautner archive; educate the public on the architecture of Lautner; and provide support for preservation, protection and maintenance of all Lautner structures.
Tim Griffith Palm Springs Photographic Workshop
About 15 of us from the Tim Griffith Palm Springs Photographic Workshop arrived at the Lautner and after a brief history and background were left to roam around the project on our own. Actually the project is small, being only four apartments so it was not all that easy to get clear shots with 14 other photographers jostling for positions along with our tripods and camera bags. This became even more acute trying to photography the interiors since we were limited access to only one unit. I managed to get a few moments to process some of the images I shot with my Hasselblad and share them in this blog. Did I mention the heat? After all this is basically a desert with temperatures ranging in the lower hundreds.