Home to one of the largest concentrations of mid-century modern architecture in the U.S., Palm Springs is a haven for design buffs, heat seekers, and the LGBT community. From stylish boutique hotels and high-end vintage shopping to the annual Modernism Week, the desert city is practically a living museum of twentieth century architecture. You’ll find homes by Richard Neutra, William F. Cody, Albert Frey, A. Quincy Jones, Donald Wexler, and Paul R. Williams, among others that celebrate a more glamorous era. Score colorful frocks at Trina Turk (the L.A. designer lives here part-time), channel the Rat Pack at Melvyn’s, and view some hidden gems with Palm Springs Modern Architecture Tours. If you’re not afraid of heights, take the Aerial Tramway 8,500-feet up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon for stunning views (its Valley Station was designed by Frey).
By Kate Reggev We’ve gathered 20 of our favorite homes that maintain their mid-century flavor without sacrificing 21st-century modernizations and updates. An Updated Study In Indoor/Outdoor Desert Living Originally built in 1940, this 3,260-square-foot home has undergone a complete redesign, reimagining the property as a midcentury-inspired, contemporary estate. The renovation of the four-bedroom, five-bath residence... Keep reading →
By Todd Hays Late last month, the Palm Springs City Council voted unanimously to designate an historic site. Usually, such an action is cause for celebration. In this case, not so much. The City Council overruled a 6-1 vote by the city’s own Historic Site Preservation Board (HSPB) requiring the designation be conditional on the... Keep reading →
By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo Originally built in 1940, the 3,260-square-foot home has undergone a complete redesign, reimagining the property as a midcentury-inspired, contemporary estate. The renovation of the four-bedroom, five-bath residence also included the addition of an entirely new wing. Highlights of the home include an open indoor/outdoor floor-plan, a vaulted tongue-and-groove ceiling in the... Keep reading →
By Jack Flemming A revamped home that once belonged to former Palm Springs mayor Florian Boyd has come up for sale in the desert city for $2.395 million. Built in 1940, the contemporary residence dons a much different style than the Spanish hacienda vibe it displayed during Boyd’s ownership. The colorful tile and clay tile... Keep reading →
Long heralded as the quintessential destination for midcentury-modern architecture, the city of Palm Springs boasts homes built by star architects such as Richard Neutra, John Lautner, Albert Frey, and William F. Cody. But a few miles east lies the city of Rancho Mirage, another architectural destination ready to step out of the shadow cast by... Keep reading →