Opening Night Cocktail Reception
Arthur Elrod House, 1968, John Lautner, architect
One of the most remarkable houses in America, the Elrod House on Southridge in Palm Springs, has panoramic views of the San Jacinto mountains. Its conical concrete roof hovers above the circular living room and provides a dramatic space from which to enjoy the desert below. The west glass facade opens electronically and bisects the pool, famous in a scene from the movie Diamonds are Forever.
John Lautner, the architect of numerous residences in Los Angeles, including the iconic Chemosphere House, conceived the Elrod House as a protective cave and controlled how the desert light and heat entered the space. The residence is a stunning location for the kick-off of Modernism Week.
Reception guests will be taken in shuttle buses from the Rim Rocks shopping center, leaving every 10 minutes.
Photo credit: Elrod House, 1968, photograph by Leland Lee