Howard Lapham and the history of the Desert Star

The Desert Star by Architect Howard Lapham was originally built as a motor lodge 1956. Fully restored and historically designated The Desert Star is now 6 rentable vacation studios owned by a small group of people who love the Palm Spring lifestyle and all that it has to offer. The DSPS is situated near the Ace hotel and a variety of great walking distance dining and cocktail options.  You'll find the local hikes a terrific pool time primer. ​ To learn more about staying at The Desert Star checkout our booking site

The Desert Star was designed by Howard Lapham and completed in 1956. It was one of his earliest projects in the Palm Springs area.

Lapham's work included the Manzanita House in Deepwell and the Rockstrom Building in Palm Springs. He also designed the Charlie Swanson Residence and the Debbie Reynolds Residence. His most famous renovation was the Chi Chi Nightclub in 1959. One of Lapham's largest residential projects was the Mayan-themed Cook House, known as Ichpa Mayapan, built atop Thunderbird Heights in 1970.

Lapham officially retired in the 1980's, although he continued to maintain an office in Palm Springs until his death in 2008 at the age of 92.

Why Recommend US

Whether you're looking for a fun and relaxing weekend getaway, or a longer stay, the Desert Star in sunny Palm Springs is the perfect vacation rental.

Five artfully appointed studio apartments surround a crystal clear pool in a stunning and historic mid-century structure located just minutes from the village of Palm Springs, close to great restaurants, impressive shopping and entertaining nightlife.

Our heated salt water pool is always at 88 degrees, parking and wifi are free as are HBO and Network TV. We're located in the coveted south end of town (virtually no wind - that's why the north end has all of those wind turbines) in a quiet, truly idyllic setting. 

What's not to love?

Here you will discover a mid-century modern oasis offering an intimate, relaxing experience surrounded by towering palm trees and stunning mountain views.

Read a good book, explore the desert, or just unwind on your own private patio.

Palm Springs offers an amazing variety of things to do,  experiences and great places to eat.  

We have assembled personal recommendations and happenings for Palm Springs in a separate site for you to review. 

You'll find that we have a bias toward art, architecture, wellness and great Martinis!  

If you decide to subscribe you'll even have a chance to win a free 2 night stay at the Desert Star! 

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