Elrod House by John Lautner

The Elrod House was designed by John Lautner in 1968. The home was commissioned by fellow designer, Arthur Elrod, and is considered the best example of Lautner’s “organic architecture” style that he developed while working as an apprentice under Frank Lloyd Wright. In his design, Lautner embraces the natural shapes and elements of the surrounding Palm Springs landscape. The natural rock of the San Jacinto mountains is featured prominently indoors as the boulders are nestled comfortably between concrete and glass. The most notable characteristic of the Elrod House is its large circular living room with curved retractable windows that open to a terrace and swimming pool overlooking the desert city sprawl. In 1971 the Elrod House was featured in the James Bond film, Diamonds are Forever, which further cemented the home as one of Lautner's most recognizable designs.

Photographed by Nelson-Moe Properties/Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.