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Organic Architecture

Project timeline

1966 – 1968


Private House

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2175 Southridge Drive
CA 92264 Palm Springs

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Arthur Elrod

The Elrod House Change this

Palm Springs, USA
by John Lautner Change this
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Known as “The Elrod House”, this John Lautner-designed five bedroom, five and a half bathroom residence was commissioned by designer Arthur Elrod in 1968 and has been featured in numerous books, magazines and museum exhibitions.

It is the iconic home perched at the very tip of the Southridge enclave, easily viewable throughout Palm Springs, California.


Organic shapes, monumental construction and world class design create an extraordinary experience of space that Lautner himself described as “timeless” architecture. The 60’-wide circular living is surmounted by a conical dome that fans out in nine petals between nine clerestories angled up to bring in light.

Retractable curved glass curtain walls open the entire living room and pool terrace to panoramic views of Mount San Jacinto, Mount San Gorgonio and the full sweep of the valley below and mountain ranges beyond. The very rock of the ridge is incorporated into the design throughout the home. The master suite is a world unto itself.

The main house guest suite is a gem. A large viewing or entertaining deck leads to a dome and spiral stair case to a large guest house with two bedroom suites and a maid’s quarters, each with private baths, and a gym with a view.

Th 8,901 square foot home was featured in the classic James Bond movie, “Diamonds Are Forever”, in 1971.



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