Warm Mineral Springs Inn

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Victor Lundy, 1958

Warm Mineral Springs Inn was originally built in 1958 as an “L” shape. With just 20 units at that time, it was ultra-modern in design. There was an open house on March 19th, 1958 and the Inn had an estimated 10,000 visitors at the grand ceremony.

Designed by architect Victor A. Lundy, many of Lundy’s works incorporated graceful curves and soaring roof lines. A signature style of Lundy’s was “more roof than wall”. The motel’s unique mushroom Champagne glass style roof with its glass walls enabled the residents to look at the stars from their beds at night was a highlight. The motel was selected by the American Institute of Architects for the 1958 Special Awards.
The reception desk which is the original from 1958.  I don’t think you will find another one like it anymore.

The Florida Association of Architects for the American Institute of Architects “Official Journal”  August 1958 Issue

I was searching for a form that would somehow symbolize the thought of the “Fountain of Youth” by a plastic flowing shape, that would also echo the organic growing shape of a tree. The answer came in the adoption of a structural system based on using precast concrete hyperbolic paraboloids, 14-15 foot square (from basic motel unit width-requirement, plus necessary overlap) in two heights arranged in a U-shaped plan (the remaining wing will be added shortly). Three of the so-called shells were lifted up on higher columns of varying height to form the sign of the motel, as a free-standing piece of sculpture.”  – Victor A. Lundy