We are going to Palm Springs for a few days next week, so the desert has been on my mind. These fantastic shots of Steve McQueen and his first wife actress Neile Adams were photographed by LIFE‘s John Dominis over a three-week period in 1963. The photos were taken at their Palm Springs home, designed by William Krisel, built by Alexander Construction Company.
McQueen’s home was in Racquet Club Road Estates and features an original movable kitchen island.
Check out the mosaic Krisel fireplace, which McQueen used for his record player… “Steve is a jazz lover–he takes his portable stereo with him wherever he goes,” Dominis wrote in his notes. There are LPs by Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, and Frank Sinatra and Count Basie scattered at his feet.
McQueen later owned a home in Palm Springs’ Southridge community, where he lived with his second wife, Ali MacGraw. The Southridge house was built in 1968 by Hugh M. Kaptur. It has a steel I-beam structure, gorgeous mountain views, a three-stall carport, and expansive parking area, which was perfect for McQueen, a notorious cars and motorcycle lover. He had two Porsche 911s and six motorcycles on the property, according to a 1971 Sports Illustrated article.
To see the rest of LIFE‘s Steve McQueen photos, go here.