Design/Function Ruled the 50’s – Mid Century Modern Homes

Forget the Southern California weather these Mid-Century Modern homes will make you pack your bags and head south for the good life filled with relaxation, functionality, and design. Palm Springs California is home to the largest concentration of Mid Century Modern homes in North America. Since the early 1900’s the desert has been a haven for snow-birds, retiree’s and a playground for Hollywood stars, to say the least this area is rich in history.

Responsible for these amazing structures, design powerhouse William Kriesel teamed up with The Alexander’s Building Company to construct close to 1,200 single family homes during the early to late 1950’s. Key features to these homes included:

  • Clean Lines, Streamlined Floor Plans
  • Light and Bright Abundance of Windows
  • Expansive windows connecting indoor and outdoor living spaces
  • Post-and-beam construction
  • Private pools, rectangular or free-form in shape
  • Exposed wood beam ceiling
  • No trim or moldings around windows and doors
  • Open breezeway connecting the home and carport
  • Open floor plans
  • Distinctive rooflines: Flat, slanted, or butterfly-shaped
  • Exteriors finished with two-tone wood, patterned brick, native stone or decorative concrete block

Photos were taken in the South Palm Springs neighbourhood of Vista Palms Estates.

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