The estate of entertainer Bob Hope in Palm Springs, California is a contemporary castle with a dramatic design by Modernist architect John Lautner. The home enjoys panoramic views of the Coachella Valley, such as the city of Palm Springs and the San Jacinto Mountains.
The structure was constructed to resemble a volcano, or a giant mushroom, with 3 visor like arches and concrete roof with copper top. At the center there is an open semi-circle which serves as an open courtyard to the sky.
It was made to disappear into the mountain. Searching outward one particular feels as though one is seeking from a cave onto a spectacular vista.
Constructed in 1973 and finally completed in 1980, the 23,366-square-foot house has 6 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 3 half baths, indoor and outside pools, a pond, putting greens and a tennis court. It was brought to the industry for $50 million in February 2013.
By means of: NYTimes, Vanity Fair