Donald Wexler Masterpiece in Palm Springs, $2.4MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Donald Wexler was one of the key protagonists of what we loosely refer to as Desert Modernism. in the decades following WWII, working solo and with others, Wexler was one of the architects responsible for a new, forward-looking way of making the desert habitable in glass and steel and masonry. It was a time of innovations, and Wexler was especially noted for his work in deploying steel instead of wood in his crisp take on the Post+Beam Style.
The last house Wexler designed in his long career (and completed after his death in 2015 ) is on the market, and represents a unique opportunity to acquire a desert masterpiece in the Mid-Century Style. Sited in a previously undeveloped corner of Frank Sinatra’s former estate in the historic Movie Colony neighborhood, he angled the house to frame views of the San Jacinto mountains.
What We Love: Wexler was able to create a house in his signature style and palette using the most technologically advanced materials, like the sleek expanses of low-UV, thermal glass. Plus it’s essentially a Mid-Century house that hasn’t suffered through the decorative whims of previous owners.
Expanses of terrazzo floors extend throughout this impeccably finished house, the epitome of indoor/outdoor desert living.
1155 East Granvia Valmonte, Movie Colony/Palm Springs
3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2550-square foot