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Mid-Century Modern & Desert Modernism Palm Springs Homes

My Eight Favorite Classic Palm Springs Homes

In Palm Springs, California
Maurice Minno - Palm Springs Homes Realtor

On my short list in Palm Springs are a few noteable, historic, mid-century modern and desert modernism homes which I believe have been instrumental in setting the vibe for Palm Springs style.  A few of my favorite Palm Springs Homes, which are definitely worth a visit when you are in Palm Springs in search of your dream home, are the following mid-century modern and desert modernism Palm Springs Home classics.

1. The Frank Sinatra House

Twin Palms Estate, 1148 Alejo Road, Palm Springs, California.

Designed in 1946 by E. Stewart Williams for Frank Sinatra and his first wife, Nancy Barbato.  Located in the Movie Colony neighborhood of Palm Springs, California.  This legendary home is noted for it`s piano-shaped swimming pool.

"Sinatra House in Palm Springs, California"

2. The Edris House

1030 West Cielo Drive, Palm Springs, California.

Located in the Little Tuscany Estates neighborhood of Palm Springs, California. The home was designed by E. Stewart Williams, architect in 1954.  It is considered a classic example of the Desert Modernism style.  The stone-walled house appears to rise organically from the rocky landscape.

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3. The Albert Frey House

Designed by Albert Frey and finished in 1963.  This home is designed to flow from and amongst the San Jacinto Mountain`s rocky cliffs just above Palm Springs, California.

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4. Swiss Miss-Style Homes

Rose Avenue, Vista Las Palmas neighborhood, Palm Springs, California.

Draftsman Charles Dubois designed this chalet-like "Swiss Miss" home for the Alexander Construction Company. The home is one of 15 Swiss Miss homes in the Vista Las Palmas neighborhood of Palm Springs, California.

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5. The Miller House

2311 North Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California.

Constructed in 1937, the Miller House by architect Richard Neutra is a landmark example of the Desert Modernism style. The glass and steel home is composed of taut plane surfaces, with no ornamentation.

Miller Home In Palm Springs, California

6. The Kaufmann House

470 West Vista Chino, Palm Springs, California.

Designed in 1946 by architect Richard Neutra, the Kaufmann House in Palm Springs, California was instrumental in establishing the style that became known as Desert Modernism.  The glass, steel and stone home was part of Christie’s high-profile auction sale of contemporary art in May of 2007.  However, the home did not sell during this auction.  The Kaufmann House`s presale auction estimate for this sale was $15 million to $25 million.

Please visit the following link for the New York Times article on the Kaufmann House: `A Landmark Modernist Home Heads To Auction`.   ...and to see the New York Times photo tour and accompanying history of the Kaufmann House, including the landmark photos by Tim Street-Porter, Julius Shulman and Juergen Nogai, please visit this link:  Photo Slide Show Tour - The Kaufmann House in Palm Springs, CA. 

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7. The Alexander Homes

330 East Molino Road, Palm Springs, California.

Architect Donald Wexler created for the Alexander Construction Company in 1961 and 1962 a number of prefab homes designed of steel and natural materials.  These Alexander steel houses were new examples of the Mid-Century Moderism style in Palm Springs, California.

Alexander Home In Palm Springs, California

8. The Arthur Elrod House

The Arthur Elrod House in Palm Springs, California was used in `Diamonds are Forever`, the 1971 seventh James Bond spy film.  The home was designed in 1968 by Architect John Lautner.

Arthur Elrod Home In Palm Springs, CA

Note:  Above photos are provided courtesy of the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism.

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