William Cody absorbed the lessons of mentor Cliff May, the architect of relaxed ranch houses, and arrived in Palm Springs seemingly programmed to create homes with perfect proportions and slender frames
Upon viewing the opening exhibition on E. Stewart Williams when the newly crowned Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design, Edwards Harris Pavilion opens Nov. 9, you may be surprised to know he was also quite an artist.
The design motif of midcentury modern and the buildings created here in that aesthetic are now the subject of best-selling coffee-table books, entries in national architectural registers, and the focus of the annual 10-day celebration called “Modernism Week.”
Palm Springs Modern Committee’s Annual Preservation Awards Gala on Oct. 4 will honor contributions in preservation, restoration, renovation or adaptive reuse of a midcentury modern residential or commercial property.
In the tony Thunderbird Heights neighborhood of Rancho Mirage — which has counted Gerald Ford, Anne Rice, and Michael S. Smith among its residents — sits a decidedly down-to-earth classic 1960s ranch house.
While architect Jim Jennings acknowledges the tenet of midcentury modern design to bring the outdoors in, he says turning that concept inside out was his mandate for the Palm Springs home he named Desert One.