Here are wonderful examples of the 1950s and 1960s architecture of Palm Springs.
For those of you who have visited the desert paradise known as Palm Springs, you have already seen the amazing mid-century buildings that are scattered throughout the city. There are many ways to tour the different buildings, and my sister and I decided to go with a self guided tour because we didn’t want to be locked down to wherever a tour guide took us. We wanted to see the houses we thought were the coolest. So here are all the houses we managed to find.
Let’s start with one of the most famous homes in all of Palm Springs, the Kaufmann house. Though it was built in 1947, it is considered a prime example of mid-century architecture. Richard Neutra, the architect, was revolutionary with his designs and was very influential during this period. Did you know the people who owned this home are also the owners of Fallingwater? They must of been quite the visionaries!
I could write about how the architect’s goal was to incorporate the landscape and the building seamlessly, or I could mention how the open room design was a complete departure from the previous style, or I could show you some pretty pictures of people being fabulous while partying at the Kaufmann house. I am going to go with the later:
Don’t you just want to throw on some fabulous earrings and thick eyeliner and lounge by the pool?
This house is knows as “The House Of Tomorrow” or “the Elvis Honeymoon House”. Apparently Elvis stayed here after he and Priscilla got married.
Every room in the home is curved; there are no square rooms! This is hinted at by the circular steps leading up to the front door. That’s pretty cool, right? Unfortunately the couple that originally owned this home died two years after they purchased it. That is when Elvis rented it and lived there for a year before he married Priscilla.
This house isn’t a famous one, but my sister and I saw it as we were driving around and liked it so much we quickly stopped and took pictures. Classic mid-century design. That roof line! Those windows!
Here is another one we thought was cool. Love the cinder block walls. I thought the door would look cool with my dress, so Caitlin took a picture of me pretending like this was my house! I should be so lucky.
I am ending the tour with one of my favorite houses in Palm Springs, called “The Ship Of The Dessert” and it is owned by fashion designer Trina Turk. It was built in 1936 and is a perfect example of Streamline Moderne. I know this was supposed to be a mid-century post, but I couldn’t help but include this stunning home.
Isn’t it exquisite? Want to hear a crazy story? Just after Trina finished restoring this home, it burned down via arson! They ended up rebuilding the entire home exactly the same way it had been originally designed! True story.
So there you have a little taste of Palm Spring architecture. If you are in the area, I suggest just driving around and ohhing over all the eye candy, but you can also hire a tour guide who will tell you everything you ever wanted to know and more about mid-century architecture.