Home to one of the largest concentrations of mid-century modern architecture in the U.S., Palm Springs is a haven for design buffs, heat seekers, and the LGBT community. From stylish boutique hotels and high-end vintage shopping to the annual Modernism Week, the desert city is practically a living museum of twentieth century architecture. You’ll find homes by Richard Neutra, William F. Cody, Albert Frey, A. Quincy Jones, Donald Wexler, and Paul R. Williams, among others that celebrate a more glamorous era. Score colorful frocks at Trina Turk (the L.A. designer lives here part-time), channel the Rat Pack at Melvyn’s, and view some hidden gems with Palm Springs Modern Architecture Tours. If you’re not afraid of heights, take the Aerial Tramway 8,500-feet up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon for stunning views (its Valley Station was designed by Frey).
By Claudine Zap A Mid-Century Modern marvel in Palm Springs, CA, designed by E. Stewart Williams, who was renowned for melding natural materials with modern design, is now on the market for $3.3 million. The well-preserved home was commissioned by Leon and Thea Koerner, lumber magnates from Vancouver, British Columbia, as a vacation escape. To read the full article visit their website here.
By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo One of the most architecturally significant residences currently on the market, the Koerner House encapsulates desert modernism. Built in 1955, the Koerner House was designed by renowned architect E. Stewart Williams, whose distinct midcentury modern style significantly shaped the Coachella Valley’s architectural landscape. His commissions included the Frank Sinatra House, the Edris House, the Santa... Keep reading →
By Philip Ferrato Where: 1275 South Calle de Maria, Palm Springs Asking: $3,350,000 What: Simply put, one of architect E. Stewart Williams loveliest houses. In outstanding condition and set in its original Garrett Ecko-designed gardens on almost an acre, this 4-bed, 4-bath home was built in 1955 and like all of Williams’ projects, would set a standard... Keep reading →
By Elijah Chiland Boy do we wish we had a few million dollars to spend on this beautiful Palm Springs post and beam, designed by modern architect E. Stewart Williams. Known for his glassy bank buildings—and for Frank Sinatra’s ultra-cool Movie Colony home in Palm Springs—Williams rarely accepted commissions for private residences. To read the full article visit their website here.
Modernism Week is an exciting 11-day (February 15-25) celebration of mid-century modern design, architecture, art, fashion, and culture. Events include the Modernism Show & Sale, tours of iconic homes, architectural walking and double-decker bus tours, a world-class lecture & film series, tours of the historic Annenberg Estate at Sunnylands, a Palm Springs Walk of Stars... Keep reading →