Five Palm Springs Modernist Favorites
Curated Mid-Century Modern Home Listings 📍
A two hour cruise from L.A., just past the San Jacinto mountains, you’ll find the charming desert resort town of Palm Springs. Starting in the 1920’s, the area began to transform from overlooked desert community to hip Hollywood getaway. Over the coming years, dozens of luxurious new hotels, tennis clubs, restaurants, and golf courses would spring up. In the war years, demand for domestic getaways surged as European travel was unavailable. Stars with last names like Monroe, Sinatra, and Presley began to frequent Palm Springs, as did a talented group of artists, designers, and architects.
The post-war demand for housing ushered in a new era of growth as both affordable mass housing and custom luxury homes were built across the greater Palm Springs area. Modernist standouts like Richard Neutra, Albert Frey, Bill Cody, E. Stewart Williams, William Krisel, and Donald Wexler all completed projects during the era. Today, Palm Spring’s modernist history is well appreciated through programs like Modernism Week. Read on as we take a mini tour through five quintessential Palm Springs icons.
Palm Springs City Hall (1952) - Albert Frey
Kaufmann Desert House (1946) - Richard Neutra
Steel Development Houses (1962) - Donald Wexler
Edris House (1954) - E. Stewart Williams
House of Tomorrow (1960) - William Krisel