Abetica Studios, architecture, Landscaping, Luxury

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 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.


Abetica Studios, architecture, Design, Travel

Modernism Week 2020


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.




Abetica Studios, Landscaping, Photography

Cacti of The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens


We always enjoy spending time at The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens in Palm Desert, California. Today, we took time to enjoy the gardens special beauty and snap a few photos on a cool December morning.

Ferocactus Pringlei, aka Mexican Fire Barrel Cactus, is distinguished by its thick red spines.

The Echinocactus Grussonii, aka Golden Barrel Cactus, is actually rare and endangered in the wild, but common in nurseries and landscaped patio and botanical gardens.  The extreme closeup of the Echinocactus Grussonii features the woolly-like hairs and dried flowers.