The Palm Springs Modern Committee held its “Steel So Cool” gala at Donald Wexler’s final masterpiece — an elegant steel and glass home in the Palm Springs Movie Colony neighborhood.
Built with careful abidance to Wexler’s timeless architectural design, The Last Wexler pays tribute to his enduring legacy as a master of modern architecture. The sleek streamlined structure provided a perfect setting for MODCOM’s annual fundraiser on Feb. 13.
• Read how the house became a reality: A Last Test of Steel
“The Last Wexler” was developed by Alan Finkle and Shawn Rost from Wexler's original design created in 2000. Working with architect Lance O’Donnell, a close friend and collaborator of Wexler’s, and constructed by Better-Built Inc., the team accomplished a stunning example of Wexler's revered minimalist architecture.
(From left) “The Last Wexler”was developed by Shawn Rost and Alan Finkle with Design Director Marc Sanders.
Guests, excited to see the home, toured the interior and exterior spaces while enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
With a theme of metallic Wex-appeal, the crowd of more than 200 rose to the occasion donning sparkly attire, ready to party. Music provided by DJ James Gonzales ran the gamut from Motown and disco to contemporary and classic tunes, keeping a fun and energetic tempo.
PS ModCom is a 501 (C-3) non-profit membership organization whose mission includes preservation, education and advocacy for the desert modern midcentury modern architecture.
Take your own tour of “The Last Wexler:” 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Feb. 19, or 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 20. Visit www.modernismweek.com for ticket information.
Shari Applebaum (in cantilevered clothing design) stands before an organic lighting display at the entrance to the home.
(From left) Audrey Moorehead and Richard Peoples.
Joe and Kim Zakowski with Walter Gary.
(From left) Marc Sanders with Joy and Palm Springs Modern Committee's vice president Courtney Newman.
Patti and Brian Wexler with Annalissa Capurro and Jacques Caussin.
Brian Frasier and Richard Nielson add a splash of color to the event.
Palm Springs Modern Committee Boardmember Kim Zakowski, Treasurer Peter Moruzzi with Annalissa Capurro.
Christy Eugenis and Stan Amy.
Architects Todd Verwers and Lance O'Donnell.
Palm Springs Modern Committee Boardmember Kim Zakowski.