Collection by Jaime Gillin

A John Lautner-Designed Hotel

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A major perk of reporting the story "John Lautner's Desert Rose" for our June 2012 issue? Actually spending a night at the Hotel Lautner in Desert Hot Springs, California, which has been resurrected and reimagined by the uber-talented designers Tracy Beckmann and Ryan Trowbridge. I brought along a camera and snapped some photos while the duo toured me around the four-room inn, which the legendary architect John Lautner designed in 1947 as a model for a master-planned desert community that never came to be. Click through the slideshow to see highlights of a little-known mid-century icon that has been lovingly brought back to life. And if you like what you see and want to hear more about the renovation process, come see Beckmann and Trowbridge talk at Dwell on Design on Sunday, June 24.

From the street, 67710 San Antonio Street in Desert Hot Springs, California, doesn't look all that exciting—though the...
On the other side of the fence—built to protect the property from flash floods—is a desert oasis with cactus-lined...
Beckmann stands in front of one of the four Lautner-designed units, each of which opens onto the concrete walkway and...
This was my room, Unit 2. It's the only one with the bed pushed up against the window, set on a unique cantilevered bed...
This is Unit 4, the only one with a redwood dividing wall between the kitchen and the living room (the rest have open...
This is Unit 1, the most private of the four units.
In Unit 3, the first room to be renovated, Trowbridge demonstrates a James Bond-esque element: a hidden television...
All the bathrooms are tiled with Heath Ceramics seconds in rich hues.
In the kitchens, the pair replaced layers of stucco with smooth concrete and new redwood, and installed sleek metal...
Each unit has its own private patio with lounge chairs and miniature cactus garden.
The duo installed a small pool in a corner of the property, taking care not to disturb any of the existing architecture.
Trowbridge leads the way to the geometric fire pit with built-in benches, the ideal spot for an evening cocktail or...
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