Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Lautner, John E., Architect (firm); John Edward Lautner Jr. (architect)

Dates: constructed 1973-1980

2 stories, total floor area: 23,366 sq. ft.

Palm Springs, CA

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Technically complex and costly, the Hope House took seven years to complete from design to construction's end.

This large vacation house was located in a hilly location overlooking the Coachella Valley; its silhouette was unmistakable from a distance, a sweeping arc-shaped roof sheltering an open, two-story residence. New York Times writer Michelle Higgins wrote of the roofline in 2013: "It was built to resemble a volcano, with three visorlike arches and an undulating concrete roof, a hole at its center opening a courtyard to the sky." Part of the roof canopy covered a sun-shaded terrace spacious enough to contain 300 visitors. In 02/2013, this house for the comedian Bob Hope (1903-2003) was offered for sale for $50 million. (See Michelle Higgins, "Bob Hope Estate in Palm Springs Is Up for Sale,"Accessed 03/12/2013)

During construction, the house's wood framing burned when a welder's torch set off the fire. Dolores Hope (1909-2011) redesigned some of the interior decor, not to the liking of architect John Lautner (1911-1994), who expressed disapproval over the changes.

PCAD id: 18392