Modernism: 1948 Gillman residence

The 1948 Herbert Burns-designed Gillman residence in the Little Tuscany neighborhood of Palm Springs was literally brought back from almost certain demolition by Thomboy Properties and their team. What a treat to spend time this week exploring and enjoying this stunning desert home!

Palm Springs: Albert Frey’s 1935 Guthrie House

Another desert mid-century modernism masterpiece we photographed this week was also designed by Albert Frey. Originally built in 1935 in the El Mirador neighborhood of Palm Springs, a newly completed restoration and modernization of Frey’s Guthrie House undid decades of neglect and ill-conceived remodeling. Transformed and expanded into three-bedrooms and three-bathrooms updated for contemporary desert… Read More Palm Springs: Albert Frey’s 1935 Guthrie House


Initially anxious to return to civilization, most of the newcomers grew to love Shangri-La once they learn their arrival was no accident. The founder of Shangri-La, High Lama, is rumored to be over two hundred years old, kept forever young, like the other residents, by the magical properties of the paradise he created.  Now High… Read More Shangri-La

Langson Library, UC Irvine

Architect William Pereira designed the University of California, Irvine campus buildings in the California “Brutalist” style, including the iconic Langson Library. The campus opened in 1965 with just eight completed buildings.