Sunday, January 2, 2011

Palm Springs Modernism Tour

If you ever find yourself Palm Springs on a dreary rainy afternoon, consider driving around and looking at the many notable examples of midcentury architecture. Probably most notable is the Kaufmann house by Richard Neutra, 1946, which has been beautifully restored.

Cielo Drive winds its way up the natural terrain, affording splendid views. I've not found any information on this house, but we loved the roofline.
Above and below, the Edris House by noted Palm Springs architect, E. Stewart Williams, 1954.

Craig Ellwood's Palevsky House, 1968-69. Behind this blank facade are guest houses and courtyards leading to the main house, and finally, a swimming pool with a stunning view.
Elvis and Priscilla spent part of their honeymoon in this house in an Alexander Homes development. A plaque commemorates the occasion.

Below, six of the seven Alexander steel houses, designed by Donald Wexler. They intended to build an entire tract of these.


Steven Price said...

Scott -- i'm coming upon this long after written (it's 2018) but that's probably for the better. the house in slide 4 has since been identified as the Dr. Franz Alexander House by Walter S. White, a local architect who has been gaining fame and appreciation of late.

Scott Santoro said...

Thanks, Steven!