Archive for the ‘Palm Springs’

Iconic Edris House for Sale – $4.2 Million

Just in time for Modernism Week 2017, the iconic Edris House by E. Stewart Williams has hit the market for the first time since 2001. A Class 1 Historic Site in Palm Springs and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the home is listed for $4.2 million. I took these shots of the […]

From the Archives: A Tour of Palm Springs

Would be nice to be in Palm Springs for Modernsim Week amid all this freezing weather and snow. I had to post this from my trip in 2011 to try to warm up–even for just a brief moment. A trip back next February is in store. Stay warm and dry, like the desert.  Why did Palm Springs […]

The Understated Modernism of Don Wexler

This is last in the trilogy of posts on my trip to Palm Springs. (You can read the first two posts here and here. I am devoting this post solely to the work of Donald Wexler, FAIA, who my wife and I had the pleasure of meeting when we were in Palm Springs during Modernism […]

More Mid-Century Modernism from Palm Springs

As I mentioned in my previous post on Palm Springs, there were four major architectural firms in the city during the mid-century period. They were all able to survive–and thrive–by accepting all types of commissions. These architects did not just do high-end homes for the likes of Frank Sinatra; they also designed the more mundane […]

Palm Springs: A Mid-Century Modern Oasis

Why did Palm Springs become an oasis of mid-century modern architecture in the desert? It was certainly the climate and topography that demanded low slung roofs with extended eaves to block the searing sun and walls of glass to take in the stunning views. Also, most of the homes were second homes so “homeowners felt […]

Modern Capital Does Palm Springs

Been running around Palm Springs trying to take in all the architecture. So much to see and so little time. I did take a three-hour bus tour yesterday. We were honored to have Donald Wexler on the tour with us. (More to come on Wexler’s work and impact on Palm Springs in another post.)  Here […]

Modern Capital Heading to the Mid-Century Modern Mecca

The 1963 Tramway station In Palm Springs by Clark, Frey and Chambers. (Courtesy of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway) If you have been reading this site for some time you know I hate the winter and the cold. My wife and I are finally heading to Palm Springs this year to get some sun and […]

Dreaming of the Desert

The 1963 Tramway station by Clark, Frey and Chambers. (Courtesy of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway) As I sit here looking out the window on this dreary, icy day in Washington, my mind wanders to Palm Springs. Unfortunately, plans my wife and I had to go to the mid-century modern mecca for the upcoming Modernism […]