The Miles Bates House in Palm Desert – Part II

The Miles Bates House in Palm Desert – Part II

Rescuing the Miles Bates House – A Conundrum Since our last newsletter with Prof. Volker Welter’s commentary on the Miles Bates house (1955) , we were fortunate to participate in a tour of it arranged with the City by Merilee Colton of the Palm Desert Historical Society. Fearing the worst, we were among about twenty, from all points in Southern California, including City staff, able to take advantage of this opportunity last Thursday. Here is the exterior, as original, and as today with two boxy additions on the front in place of the gracefully curved free-standing wall.   Photo Courtesy of the Palm Desert Historical Society   The good news, it’s in better shape than it appears from the outside. You can see it from the street at 73697 Santa Rosa Way, Palm Desert. The House Surprisingly, from what can be seen, White’s signature roof and the most important character-defining […]

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Miles Bates house in Palm Desert in Danger

Miles Bates House in Palm Desert

Iconic Miles Bates house in Palm Desert in Danger of Destruction City of Palm Desert May Allow Destruction of an Iconic Walter S White Merilee Colton of the Palm Desert Historical Society advised us that the Walter S White wave-roof home built for Miles Bates in 1954-55, on Santa Rosa Way in Palm Desert is in danger of demolition. The City of Palm Desert, in preparation of disposing of its ownership has had it appraised at a value not much more that its land. The condition of this home is reportedly poor, but restorable. The concern is that the land will be sold without regard to the building and it will be torn down for new construction. We contacted Professor Volker M. Welter, who has published White’s work, of UC Santa Barbara that holds his archive.  Professor Welter gave a presentation on White and his work at Modernism Week, 2016 Here are […]

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Modernism Week Discovery: Walter S White

73271 Buckboard Trail, Palm Desert Photo George Gutenberg

Walter S White – Modernism Week Discoveries As we suit up for MW 2017 to learn more about this genre, it might be good to recall that we’ve learned a lot in the past. One such discovery at MW 2016 was the little-known Mid-Century Modern architect Walter S White who did memorable structures from Palm Springs to Indio, as well as work in Colorado and Los Angeles. He was first introduced to us in a blog by Professor Volker M. Welter, in 2015, who later did a lecture on the architect at MW 2016. Photo by George Gutenberg Professor Welter also authored “Projects and Inventions in Architecture”, published by the Art, Design and Architecture, UCSB.  This book provides a thorough review of his work and working life with details, background, drawings, locations and photographs. It can be ordered here. Thus the architect has been moved from being little known to well recognized. The […]

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Los Angeles Times Hot Property List

Mid-Century Modern Market Trends

Two of our Mid-Century Modern listings featured in the latest “Los Angeles Times Hot Property List” for Celebrity & Luxury homes under $1 million!   Good Architecture markets itself when it gets seen, and the more it is seen, the more marketing it achieves. The trick is in getting it seen, and that means making it visible to the most people in the most ways. The internet is the ideal tool for this with an almost global reach, but it has thousands of “channels” vying for eye-time. Fortunately, it has “Integrators” in the form of search engines that tie similar things together. If a search engine finds something that is of higher interest to viewers, it will present that information with a higher rank in search results and to more people who are interested in it and will see it. Mission accomplished – almost. Internet marketing means targeting those who […]

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All About Mid-Century Modern Architecture

Mid-Century Modern Architecture in Palm Springs

Why is everyone so interested in Mid-Century Modern Architecture? With all of today’s innovation, technology and design, why are we resorting back to designs that originated more than 60 years ago. There are countless stores and websites dedicated to midcentury modern tastes and many architects and developers have embraced this style when building new homes. Mid-Century Modernism is an architectural design style that generally describes the mid-20th Century developments in modern design, architecture and urban development between the 1920s and 1980s. Many consider Frank Lloyd Wright’s principal movement of organic architecture combined with the Craftsman (Arts and Crafts) style to be the jumping off point for the aesthetics behind Mid-Century Modern Architecture. This style of architecture was frequently used in residential structures with the goal of bringing modernism into America’s post-war suburbs. The style emphasized creating structures with many large windows and with open floor plans with the intention of […]

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Walter S. White, one of the great Palm Springs Architects

73271 Buckboard Trail, Palm Desert Photo George Gutenberg

Walter S. White – Design for a Modernist Desert Residence – 73271 Buckboard Trail, Palm Desert Photo: George Gutenberg Drawings for the Johnson-Hebert Residence by Walter S. White (1917-2002) date to early 1958.  By that time, White had perfected his ideas for mid-twentieth century modern desert residences.  Typically, he first conceived a roof for without shade, life in the desert was unbearable.  Underneath he, second, placed space-defining walls, usually not more than two per room and sometimes extending beyond the roof line in order to mark outdoor living spaces.  Third, the remaining sides of the rooms White enclosed with large expanses of glass.   White liked to experiment with the roofs.  Curved shapes were a favorite of his; the Bates Residence (1954) in Palm Desert features a wave-like roof, a simple concave curve graces the Alexander Residence (1955) in Palm Springs.  By the later 1950s, White was fascinated by hyperbolic […]

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Modernism Week 2014

Modernism Week 2016

Modernism Week 2014 in Palm Springs Palm Springs in California has made its name over the years to attract a lot of people from all over the world to the Palm Springs Modernism Week taking place from February 13th till 23rd, 2014.  This is a yearly event celebrating various cool parties, mid-century modern architecture and designs, special touring of homes and other adventures. Additionally to the Bus Tours showing architectural significant homes which runs on a daily basis four times during modernism week, the famous Estate of Annenberg at Sunnylands is open to the public for touring and the Convention Center in Palm Springs is holding the popular Modernism Show.  Another event which should not be missed is the Exposition of expanded Prefab Showcase and Modern Living which include: Modern Mambo! Modernism Week After Dark Opening Night, February 13, 2014 The Caliente Tropics Hotel built in 1964 kicks off the Modernism […]

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George and Robert Alexander Builders of Modernism in Palm Springs

Palmer & Krisel Twin Palms tractr home. Photo by Julius Shulman. Getty Museum

The Alexanders George and Robert Alexander – Builders of Modernism in Palm Springs Photo: Julius Shulman Palm Springs’ great houses for Kaufman, Frey, Sinatra, Elrod, and others are all handsome expressions of the Modern Era. But as custom designs limited to one site and one incarnation, they lack one significant characteristic of Modernism; repeatability. Embedded in Modernism is the ideal of mass production. The repeatable object, each equal in quality, form and use, is the essence of the twentieth century in contrast with handcrafted artifacts of previous centuries. The impact of the democratization of goods, services, and architecture – from cars to movies to billboards to McDonalds – was tremendous. It is the point where the machine and mass production bring Modernism to the mass audience; it happened in Palm Springs when father and son George and Robert Alexander brought architects Dan Palmer and William Krisel from Los Angeles to […]

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