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Come to the Hotel Lautner Open House February 19

**UPDATE Feb. 14, 2012: This event is SOLD OUT. Those who have purchased tickets for the open house and are on the waiting list for dinner will remain on the waiting list (for dinner) until we know whether there will be seating available. There is no waiting list for the open house.**

On Sunday, February 19, the Hotel Lautner (formerly known as the Desert Hot Springs Motel) will open from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The hotel owners, Tracy Beckmann and Ryan Trowbridge, will be there to chat and answer questions, along with members of the Board of Directors of The John Lautner Foundation.

Visitors will have an opportunity to include a three-course dinner that same night at the legendary Two Bunch Palms in Desert Hot Springs  or a one-year membership to the Foundation for an extra charge.

Space is limited so make your reservations now! The details:

Hotel Lautner Tour
Date: Sunday, February 19, 2012
Time: 3:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: Hotel Lautner – 67710 San Antonio Street, Desert Hot Springs [See map below]
Space is limited. Note our sponsors below, who have made it possible for the Foundation to benefit from this event.


$25 for tour
$50 for tour and one year membership in the John Lautner Foundation
$55 tour and dinner*
$80 tour, membership and dinner*

* A THREE COURSE DINNER includes all three courses, gratuities and taxes
in the legendary Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa
67425 Two Bunch Palms Trail, Desert Hot Springs, CA [See map below]

Seatings: 5:30, 6:00 and 6:30 pm February 19. ***UPDATE: Dinners are sold out, but there is a waiting list in case tables open up for more. ***

Register here: Note that there aren’t any actual tickets. There will be a check-in desk at the hotel.

Proceeds benefit the John Lautner Foundation, a 501 (c) nonprofit organization.


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Get on the mailing list

When you sign up for the Foundation mailing list, you will receive email newsletters and occasionally letters from the Board of Directors. Mailing list membership is through the same process as regular membership, but it is free and there are no extra benefits.

To add your name to the mailing list, click on the link below and follow the instructions. Choose “Mailing list” for the type of membership. When it asks how you will pay choose “check” – even though it’s free the registration process requires that you choose a payment method.

Become a member

Your membership in the Foundation gives you certain privileges. More than that, though, it gives the Foundation the means to present educational events, to assist students and others in learning about Lautner’s work, to help preserve Lautner’s work and to assist owners in maintaining and remodeling Lautner buildings.

Membership levels

Memberships are now processed through our account with The registration process gives you the option to renew automatically (or not, in which case you will be sent a reminder about a month before your membership expires), and when the Foundation hosts future events, members in the regonline system will automatically be given a discount for the event.

Yearly Cost
Discounts on items for sale, events
Newsletter, discounts
Newsletter, discounts
Newsletter, discounts, gift item
Newsletter, discounts, gift item, one event or tour
Lifetime member
Newsletter, discounts, gift item, one event/year (when offered)
Mailing list only Free Email newsletter
Sign up online (–>) or print out the membership form, fill it in, and send it in with your check. Click Here for Online Registration

Where the money goes

The Foundation was formed

  • To further the understanding of John Lautner’s architecture and his principles.
  • To maintain and operate the professional and personal archives of John Lautner.
  • To provide a center for scholars, architects, and visitors interested in the work of John Lautner, and to establish ongoing communication for all individuals interested in the architecture of John Lautner.
  • To make available material from the archives of John Lautner for exhibitions, publications, educational events such as, but not limited to, lectures, seminars, and workshops.
  • To serve as a respository of resources for Lautner homeowners, and, where possible, to provide support in the preservation and maintenance of Lautner buildings.
  • To obtain funding to support these goals.

While we seek grants and other support from government and educational institutions, this type funding is for specific projects and can rarely be used for the regular expenses of the Foundation. For mailing and other clerical costs, for the expenses involved in hosting an event, for preservation activities, we must rely on limited archive fees, gifts, and memberships. See this article for a description of how the Foundation operates.

bachelor residence
Bachelor residence, Malibu
photo by Bette Cohen

Judy Lautner outside Hope residence
photo by Elaine Vigneault

Guest during Sheats-Goldstein tour
photo by David Parker