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Desert Hot Springs Motel

floor plan
Floor plan of four-unit motel
Plan from Foundation archives
Steven Lowe purchased the Desert Hot Springs Motel in 2000, renovated it lovingly, and re-opened it for business in August 2001. It has since appeared in "In Style" magazine (Sept 2001), "Travel & Leisure" (June 2001), and other magazines and symposium brochures. The motel is located in an unlikely place, not far from Palm Springs but far removed from the glamour of that city. Part of its attraction as a true desert retreat is based on its hidden location.

The motel offers an opportunity for persons to spend time in a Lautner building that reflects in small and gem-like scale the architect's approach to all of his work: a blending of indoors and outdoors, protection from the elements without sacrifice of light and air, an understanding of real human needs.

For reservation information, call (760) 329 5610 or write to Photographer Scott Van Dyke can be reached through or

Interior of unit 4
Interior of motel room unit 4
Photo by Scott Van Dyke
exterior of motel
Exterior of motel: patio wall at right
Photo by Scott Van Dyke
section through motel
Section through motel
Plan from archives
Detail of one unit
Detail of one unit
Plan from archives
view from patio
view toward room from patio
Photo by Scott Van Dyke
interior or unit
Interior of one unit
Photo by Judith Lautner

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P.O. Box 29517
Los Angeles, CA 90029
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