Two Palm Springs entrepreneurs combine business savvy and a love of architecture to transform ho-hum houses into midcentury marvels.
When Dimitri James and Jack Woods’ newly renovated home was unveiled on the Palm Springs Modernism Tour last year, more than a few visitors remarked, “This is a modern home I could live in.”
Grateful for the magic of his surroundings, Forrest Moses deconstructs the details and paints his truth
“Our architecture is becoming internationally renowned, and it has the potential to transform the city,” says Ron Marshall, president of the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation. “[As] architectural tourism becomes bigger and bigger, it’s become the golden goose of Palm Springs economy.”
Second in an eight-part series. A casual drive through the Coachella Valley reveals the wide-spanning and enduring impact that Walter and Leonore Annenberg had on the desert communities. The Annenberg Theater at Palm Springs Art Museum, Annenberg Center for Health Sciences and Walter and Leonore Annenberg Pavilion, and the forthcoming Annenberg Center at Sunnylands represent a large portion of their legacy in the desert.
Walter and Leonore Annenberg’s estate becomes a retreat for world peace, visitors center for the arts and education, and public gardens
Beyond the pretty face, one sees the approachable personality that architect Tom Jakway achieves inside and outside of the house he built for himself in 2007.
A website called CaringBridge makes it easy for patients
and their families and friends reach out to one another.
Michelle Palmer’s mother died when Michelle was 5. Her father passed away the summer before her senior year of high school. Michelle was left alone in the Cathedral City house where she grew up, a minor living under the radar of foster care. She skipped classes to make kitchen cutting boards and sold them at College of the Desert Street Fair in order to head off foreclosure on the house.
Libri Partners of San Diego developed this modern estate on two lots, and four separate structures wrap themselves like a giant apostrophe around a brick paver drive and front courtyard: a five-bedroom main house on three levels and a three-car attached garage, a nanny’s quarters with a bedroom and kitchenette, plus a two-bedroom guest house and its detached two-car garage. Each building’s exterior includes copper soffits and fascia that follow the curves of their rooflines.