Dunes Inn Wilshire
The Wilshire Twilighter exemplified the postwar car craze, down to drive-in registration.
Now operating as a Dunes Inn, this building opened as the Wilshire Twilighter Hotel. Its many amenities included drive-in registration, a plus in the late 1950s as the car culture boomed in Southern California.
A prominent feature of the hotel's design is the three-story cylindrical tower facing Wilshire that houses a stairwell within. Clad in brick, it incorporates a double stretcher bond featuring alternating recessed and projecting headers.
The circle motif extends to the porte-cochere (carport), in which circular lights are suspended through enlarged circular openings, as well as to the entrance landscaping, which features a raised circular planting bed.