Palm Springs Desert Modernism


Yesterday I hopped in the car with my fiance and mom, bought a map at the Palm Springs Visitor Center and drove around checking out some of Palm Springs’ notorious desert modernism architecture. For decades architects traveled to Palm Springs to design the sleek and modern homes the region is famous for. For those of you who love this stuff, do yourself a favor and see it in person. Photos simply don’t do these works of art justice.

My favorite house was Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House. Designed in 1946 this was one of the visionary architect’s most famous homes. It’s one of the best examples of a home connecting with the desert landscape you’ll ever see.



Next up was William Krisel’s House Of Tomorrow (which also served as the location for Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s honeymoon). How could you not love this “experiment in modern living”?


The Frank Sinatra House (designed by Stewart Williams in 1947) just oozes history and glamour. There was an event going on and we were able to peek inside the back and see the amazing piano-shaped pool (unfortunately no pics). Oh to be poolside here back in the day with Frank and his pals…!


Some more examples of Palm Springs Modernism:






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7 Responses to “Palm Springs Desert Modernism”

  1. Tara says:

    Great photos as you definietly captured the look of the area. The last one reminds me of The Brady Bunch era

  2. Arline says:

    Super pictures! You really saw some great homes and the landscaping is gorgeous..The homes make me very nostalgic!

  3. Julian says:

    Great pictures! The Palm Springs area does offer plenty in terms of architecturally significant houses. The Kaufman House is simply the best as it embodies the California lifestyle perfectly and it was years ahead of the others in design and innovations.

  4. What a great bunch of houses… I love it here!

  5. John Raymond says:

    I love residing in Palm Springs. I like the architecture of all the buildings here and the houses are really neat. If you ever get the urge to visit the desert…Palm Springs is a great place to go!!

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