The Miles Bates House Progress

The Miles Bates House Progress

The Miles Bates House –  A Progress Report New Publicity Our last newsletter covered the state of this home and the visit by aficionados to view it, organized by the City and the Historical Society of Palm Desert. It was Front Page news on June 9th in The Desert Sun, reporting the visit by Palm Desert City Councilors of June 7th.  The article will help popularize the rescue with the headline “Save the Wave” You can read the whole article here.   It reports the Historical Society of Palm Desert’s initiative to raise funds to have the house designated a national historic landmark.  According to Prof. Welter of UC Santa Barbara, it is “a rare if not sole survivor that recalls the architectural origins of Palm Desert”   The architect Walter S. White designed at least 48 homes in Palm Desert. This, the Bates home and those would be of great interest to participants of Modernism Week. It also […]

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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 Art, Design and Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara   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 […]

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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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The Palm Springs Art Museum

The Palm Springs Art Museum

The Architectural and Design Center of the Palm Springs Art Museum just celebrated its first anniversary.     The original building was constructed in 1961 as Santa Fe Federal Savings and Loan and was designed by E. Stuart Williams, one of the original MCM architects in the desert. The building was meticulously and lovingly renovated over the past several years, maintaining many of the original features, and is well worth visiting.   For hours and additional information please visit the link below:   http://www.psmuseum.org/architecture-design-center/   The current exhibition, running through January 3, 2016 is entitled “Seeing the Light, Illuminating Objects”, followed by “Bauhaus-21: An ongoing Legacy” from January 24 to May 1, 2016. The Bauhaus exhibit will coincide with Modernism Week, which runs from February 11th though the 21st. A visit to the A &D is a must and best of all the admission is free.

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Tamarisk Rancho in Rancho Mirage is significant Mid-Century Modern Architecture

70470 Tamarisk Ln Tamarisk Rancho, Rancho Mirage

The HAVERKATE GROUP has successfully completed 9 transactions in the Mid-Century Modern Tamarisk Rancho community over the years. Located next to Tamarisk Country Club you will find a well-desired community, Tamarisk Rancho, which is divided into two separate parts featuring each 16 Mid-Century Modern homes.  The homes are built along grassy green belts with a 45 foot long pool in the center inviting for a swim or just to relax while admiring the beautiful views to many date palms and fruit trees giving it a feel of living in an oasis.  Tamarisk Rancho hosted many parties in the 50th attended by Barbara Sinatra, Groucho Marx and many other stars from Hollywood and was advertised back then as being one of the greatest places in the Palm Springs area. Our latest 70435 Los Pueblos listing sold within 1% of our predicted sale price within 10 days, and it appraised at the […]

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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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