Renovated Mid-Century Modern

36421 Sandsu Rancho Mirage Remodel

Renovated Mid-Century Modern
 – What Does That Mean? If you are a Modernista looking at the good number of Mid-Century homes for sale in the Palm Springs area, you will fs.requently see these terms used in For Sale ad. A quick search of our local MLS for MCM listings using the exact term “renovated” turns up about 30 listings, all in varying states of renovation. For reference here is an example of a fully renovated home we have just listed at 36421 Sandsu Circle, Rancho Mirage. First, “Mid-Century Modern” generally means local homes built roughly in the 1950-1969 time period, inspired by the design features explored in the Arts & Architecture journal’s Case Study Program. A goal of this project was to explore designs of functional homes using modern materials for returning veterans at an affordable price. Most of the actual designs were built on the California West Coast, but as […]

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The Lost Mid-Century Moderns

73110 Grapevine in Palm Desert.  

The Lost Mid-Century Moderns in Palm Springs (We have just learned this, the Hudson House, is included on the route of this year’s Palm Desert Double Decker Bus Tour during Modernism Week, February 13, 14, 20 and 21) We have many fine examples of this architectural genre that are “The Lost Mid-Century Moderns” because we can’t connect them with their architect.  These post and beam homes were designed for maximum light, view lines and contact with the desert. Take this home for example, now on the market at 73110 Grapevine in Palm Desert. According to the County Tax Assessor record, it was built in 1957.  A knowledgeable visitor pointed out that the raked stucco exterior was often used by E. Stewart Williams, and the time frame was right.   The Hunt Was On! Our first effort to find the architect was to contact the Palm Springs Art Museum. “In 2002 Stewart Williams […]

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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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Great Mid-Century Modern Homes On the Market

Currently there are some great Mid-Century Modern Homes on the Market in the Palm Springs area Being a specialist in Mid-Century Modern and being daily in the field, I see a lot of new and interesting Mid-Century Modern Homes coming on the market again. A really great Walter S. White Mid-Century Modern built in 1958 is for sale at 73271 Buckboard Trail, Palm Desert…… This premium Mid-Century Modern home by Walter S. White, respected architect and industrial designer, shows his typically strong lines and open, but defined spaces. Architectural detail includes clerestory windows, window-walls, a raised concrete platform surrounding the home, brick and concrete block walls around the courtyard, reflecting pool and exposed beams of steel over the garage. The home offers a modern swimming pool, and a very private and desirable south-facing back yard. It is located in a great part of the Palm Desert cove in Silver Spur […]

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Palm Springs is a Mid Century Modern Shopping Paradise

Welcome to Ralph Haverkate Real Estate, Specializing in Mid Century Modern Homes Palm Springs is synonymous with Mid Century Modern architecture, an era that emerged in the post-war 1950s through the 1970s. A revival of modernism gained momentum in Southern California and has grown around the world for more than a decade. It began in Palm Springs in 1992 when investment manager Brent Harris and his wife Beth, an architectural historian, bought Richard Neutra’s Kauffman House with the intention of restoring the historic house to its original design. However, finding original or replacement sources for paint, cabinetry, fixtures, sheet metal and stone was a challenge, as were finding furnishings later on. The Harrises hired Marmol Radziner + Associates to restore the house. The team went to such lengths as purchasing a metal crimping machine to reproduce the sheet-metal fascia that lined the roof and even re-opening a long-closed section of a […]

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The Landmark Kaufmann House Still Makes News

The Landmark Kaufmann House Still Makes News

Web blog 9/1/10 The Landmark Kaufmann House Still Makes News This month’s Palm Springs Life’s home feature, “The Road to Fame and Fortune,” by Greg Archer (www.palmspringslife.com) opens with one of the area’s most famous homes, the Kaufmann House, a 1946 glass, steel and stone landmark designed by architect Richard Neutra. The home has twice been at the vanguard of new movements in architecture:  First by helping to shape postwar Modernism and later, as a result of a painstaking and expensive restoration in the late 1990s, spurred a revival of interest in mid-20th century homes, according to a New York Times review by Edward Wyatt (www.nytimes.com/2007/10/31/arts/design). This house continues to make news as an important landmark. One of the best-known icons by Viennese émigré Neutra, who moved to the United States in the 1920s, this unusual pin-wheel plan house was designed for Pittsburgh department store magnate Edgar J. Kaufmann.  It […]

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Great Alexander Weekend’s 10th Anniversary Is March 26-27, 2011

Great Alexander Weekend’s 10th Anniversary Is March 26-27, 2011

Plans are underway for the 10th Anniversary of the “Great Alexander Weekend” in Palm Springs, March 26-27, 2011. The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation (www.pspreservationfoundation.org ) is planning a full weekend of home tours, seminars, cocktail receptions and special tributes to one of Palm Springs’ most influential and innovative home builders. The Great Alexander Weekends and PSPF’s tribute book, When Mod Went Mass, have garnered significant awareness of the Alexander-built tract homes by architect William Krisel, and helped leverage even more importance to the genre of Mid-Century Modern homes, commercial and public buildings which are prevalent throughout Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. From as early as the 1920s and through the 1970s, an impressive roster of talented architects have been captivated by Palm Springs:  R.M. Schindler, Richard Neutra, and Lloyd Wright (Frank Lloyd Wright’s son); young Swiss architect Albert Frey whose work profoundly influenced desert architecture; and regional modernists William […]

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The “Elrod House” in Palm Springs For Sale

The “Elrod House” in Palm Springs For Sale

Architect John Lautner’s Elrod House Now On the Market Architect John Lautner’s iconic Arthur Elrod House (www.johnlautner.org) is back on the market with a  price tag of more than $13 million. The late architect, renowned for his organic structures, composed  this amazing home carved into the rugged Southridge foothills overlooking  Palm Springs in 1968.  The house has been featured extensively in lifestyle, architecture and design magazine articles (www.palmspringslife.com/Palm-Springs-Life/February-2009/Daring-Design) and is best known  as the James Bond bachelor pad in Diamonds are Forever. It is one of three buildings in Palm Springs by Lautner:  Bob and Dolores Hope’s “space ship” domed home also on Southridge (1979) and the Desert Hot Springs Motel (1947). The Elrod  house contains many Lautner hallmarks:  a difficult site, harsh environment, modest entrance that conceals soaring space, and rooms that conversely move between indoors and out.  The 8,901-square foot house possesses a daring Mid-Century design and breathtaking […]

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