Modernism Week’s 1954 Masterpiece, The Edris HouseAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Where: 1030 West Cielo Drive, Palm Springs
What: The 1954 Edris House, a 3-bed, 3-bath icon of desert modernism, built by one of the area’s pioneering architects, E. Stewart Williams. With only two owners and in flawless original condition, it came on the market recently, ready for a close-up look during Palm Springs Modernism Week, (February 16-26) now one of the biggest gatherings of modern design cognoscenti in the world.
Sited on a gentle slope, the house looks out over Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley with enough rock-strewn desert landscape between it and the road to assure privacy.
What We Love: This is desert design un-inflected with the details of Hollywood Regency– a golden palette of Douglas Fir and stone rather than white stucco, no breeze blocks, no formal, hedged landscaping.
Inside, spaces are defined in classic Modernist form allied with a love of texture– walls in stone and fir that move from interior to exterior, floor-to-ceiling cabinets, sliding walls of glass.
More: The Edris House was recently added to the roster of the National Register of Historic Places. Tours of the property are sold out, so check out the realtor’s outstanding website for a feast of additional images.