Dunes Inn Wilshire | Los Angeles Conservancy
Photo by Larry Underhill

Dunes Inn Wilshire

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.

Photo by Jim Simmons Photography

Freehand Los Angeles

A long-neglected former office building was transformed into a vibrant hotel, connecting people to their past and each other.
Photo courtesy Architectural Resources Group

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Recognized by an international design exhibition in 1961 not only as one of the eighteen best buildings in the United States, but as the top-designed commercial structure in the world.