Desert Dreamers 7: The Architects

Their works continue to awe and inspire, and the group is adding members.

Kent Black History

This edition of Desert Dreamers focuses on the Palm Springs architects whose works continue to awe and inspire, and continues to add new members thanks to a resurgent interest in modernism over the last two decades.

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Into the Frey

Inseparable from its architects, a historic home blushes pink and turns heads.

Lisa Marie Hart Modernism, Valley

There is little remarkable about an established interior designer buying an architecturally significant home. It happens all the time. In this case, however, we’re talking about Atlanta-based Bill Stewart, who in 2016 purchased a Old Las Palmas estate and teed up a seven-month renovation. He added subtle, modern updates to the 1964 structure. Original plans by Albert Frey and Robson

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Blue Chip Renovation

A 1955 bank building designed by E. Stewart Williams has been restored and repurposed as an event space

Lawrence Karol Modernism

During the 1950s and ’60s, South Palm Canyon between Baristo Road and Ramon Road was referred to as the “financial row” of Palm Springs because it was populated by so many financial institutions. Three of the bank buildings in the area were designed by the renowned local architect E. Stewart Williams: Santa Fe Federal Savings and Loan (now the Palm