A nearly 6-foot-tall stainless steel sculpture went on display at a Palm Springs hotel Wednesday to coincide with Modernism Week. Richard X. Zawitz’s “Infinite Trefoil” was installed in an outside area at the Rowan Palm Springs.
Albert Frey’s 1955 Palm Springs desert modern masterpiece, the Cree House.
The home has been quietly held in the possession of a local family since the 1970s. The family recently completed a meticulous restoration of the home to evoke its original 1955 design.
Integrated into the hillside, the home features a large balcony with it’s commanding view overlooking nearly the entire Coachella Valley. The bright yellow corrugated fiberglass panel railings are original to the home.
Of particular interest to me is the kitchen, which features the unique and completely original restored refrigerator above the back counter top as shown in the photograph below.
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 living, the 3,583-square-foot home retains the clean lines and Albert Frey’s design aesthetics reflected in the original 1,600 square foot home.
This inviting view shows the Guthrie House opened up and reflected in the pool, hinting at the entertaining potential of the home.
We spent another sunny and warm afternoon in Palm Springs, this time exploring the architectural gems of the desert for Modernism Week 2020.
Our first stop on our extended journey is Palm Springs City Hall, located at 3200 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, just down the street from the Palm Springs International Airport.
Designed by legendary Palm Springs architect Albert Frey, city hall was constructed in 1952.
Just as I was getting ready to press the shutter, the Modernism Week tour bus pulled up full of modernism aficionados for a brief visit. I thought it made for an interesting shot.
Follow us as we explore more iconic architecture of Palm Springs over the next few weeks.
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