mid-century modern

Mid Century Modern Architecture of Palm Springs

Palm Springs, California, is a magnificent mecca for mid-century modern architecture. Combining desert with snow-capped mountains, the L.A. elite have long used Palm Springs as a getaway destination, and over the decades a certain visionary style emerged. Sleek, low-lying homes with clean lines, walls of glass, and indoor-outdoor spaces that celebrate the landscape have made Palm Springs well-known across the globe for its Mid-Century Modern Architecture.

In 2006, Palm Springs was named to the National Trust of Historic Preservation, and today many education and tour opportunities exist throughout the town that guide visitors through the treasure trove of modern architecture.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, we were invited to spend the weekend in Palm Springs at the home of a friend of my daughter’s. Until my phone died, I was able to take a few photos of some of the mid-century modern homes around town, and the newer home we stayed at. Not the more famous examples of the style, but ones of a regular residential neighborhood. These are NOT for sale.



I love the backdrop of the mountains!



Where are all the windows?



I love this abode style home.


Many of the homes have succulent gardens, but I noticed lots with annual flower gardens, too. Must have a big water bill to keep them vibrant in the hot, dusty soil.



This one is stick built, but almost looks like a container home.

Below are photos of the newer house we stayed at. Gee, I could get used to this. Not really. While it was beautiful, it lacked the warmth that century or more old houses possess.

Snow-capped mountains juxtaposed against palm trees and flowering annuals is just so foreign for an east coaster like me.



To the left is a patio with hot tub and to the right another patio that could be accessed from the bedroom.



Front door looking out.


Living room that looks over the golf course.



MCM style sitting area.


Huge glass sliding doors everywhere.



What do you think of this fireplace treatment?




Cocktail anyone?



The fridge and dishwasher were part of the cabinetry.


Love those shutters.



Get a load of that bathtub.


It’s always nice to get away from crumbling plaster and drafty windows, but there’s no place like home.




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