Mid-Century Modern Homes

Mid-Century Modern House

Desert Modernism

Since the 1920’s, visionary modernist architects have designed sleek, modern homes that have embraced the desert environment. The dramatic geographic surroundings of the Coachella Valley inspired a design aesthetic in the middle of the 20th Century now called Desert Modernism. Download Modernism App Notable for its use of glass, clean lines, natural and manufactured resources and indoor/outdoor spaces, Desert Modernism evoked a lifestyle of simple elegance and informality. Influenced by the dictates of desert living and the intense climate, the style grew out of the architects and designer's adaptive use of inventive materials, modern construction techniques, new (post-war) technologies...and served an enthusiastic and willing clientele.

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Mid-Century Modern Hotels

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Del Marcos Hotel

This quintessential modernist hotel designed by the architect William Cody in 1947 pays homage to the organic architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. It is in the Historic Tennis Club district – founded in 1937 and the oldest neighbourhood in Palm Springs – and nestles into the mountainside. The 17-room, adults-only property is built of native stone and redwood and benefited from a 2013 restoration that revealed its fine mid-century bones. The Chi-Chi room offers a fun poolside retro romp of the era’s art and furniture, while the Errol Flynn suite boasts a high, angled ceiling, full kitchen, and a series of wooden shutters that let in light or offer privacy. The Hope/Crosby room offers a quiet retreat with views of Albert Frey’s legendary house on the hill.

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Other Notable Mid-Century Structures

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The Tramway Gas Station

The Tramway Gas Station is a landmark former Enco service station in Palm Springs, California, United States, so named because of its location at the foot of Tramway Road, the lone road leading to the base of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. It was intended to be the first Palm Springs building visitors saw when approaching the city from the north via California State Route 111. The building, with its distinctive, cantilevered, wedge-shaped canopy (referred to as a hyperbolic paraboloid on a historic marker mounted on the building), was built in 1965 and was designed by Albert Frey and Robson C. Chambers. It is considered to be a prime example of modernist architecture.

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Points of Interest in Palm Springs

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Forever Marilyn

Standing in downtown Palm Springs, the Marilyn Monroe statue, known as "Forever Marilyn," is a 26-foot-tall statue that was most recently displayed on Chicago's Michigan Avenue. Several cities had lobbied to host the massive Marilyn Monroe statue when her Chicago residency wrapped, perhaps because August 2012 marked the 50th anniversary of the Hollywood legend's death. Palm Springs was selected as the city to host the massive Marilyn sculpture.

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