Structure Type: built works - dwellings -public accommodations - hotels

Designers: Cody, William F., Architect (firm); William Francis Cody (architect)

Dates: constructed 1947

2 stories

Palm Springs, CA

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Del Marcos Hotel

Tel: 760.325.6902 (2005); in 2005, this hotel had 16 rooms. In 1949, the original incarnation of the hotel featured 9 apartments (serving a maximum of 48 guests in a U-shaped plan. Each part of the U was composed of a row of rooms, each having cross-ventilation and a pool view. Some of the units also featured a private garden. All units had living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms and baths. The interior designer for the hotel was Emily Laser. The Architectural Forum said of the work of Cody and Laser in 1949: "By the use of sweeping lines and a strikingly simple employment of natural materials (redwood and stone), the architect has designed a resort hotel which avoids any reaching for period rusticity yet is thoroughly at home in the primitiveness of its desert setting. What makes it doubly pleasing is the elegance with which Interior Designer Emily Lawser [sic] has matched the architect's good taste. Her problem was to furnish a resort hotel that could meet Palm Springs' standards of ultra luxuriousness without loading on the plush." Laser commissioned lightweight modern furniture that resembled contemporary chairs and tables by Richard Neutra (1892-1970) and Greta Magnusson Grossman (1906-1999). (See Resort Hotels: New models trade salt water taffy and balustrades for cocktails, contemporary design, and a private view," Architectural Forum, 91:1, 07/1949, p. 96.) Much of the upper floor was set aside as a sun deck.

PCAD id: 574