William Krisel in Palm Springs

3 Mid-Century Houses in Palm Springs that Are an Absolute Dream

For any newcomer to the mid-century modern wishing to grasp quickly what the style is about, Palm Springs is probably the best the place to look.

Here we showcase three lovely examples of Palm Springs modernist architecture from some of the key proponents of the style: Wexler and Harrison’s 1954 house, full of clean white beams, white marble floors and a whole load of windows; one of the many mass-produced houses William Krisel’s practice built in the 1950s; and a house by the eccentric William F Cody with its sleek and almost impossibly thin structural elements opening the indoors to the outdoors like never before.

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1. Mid-Century Desert House in Palm Springs

Wexler Harrison mid-century house palm springs

This Palm Springs mid-century desert house was built by architects Wexler & Harrison in 1954. Its main characteristic, aligned with the modernist Californian style, is the lack of boundaries between indoor and outdoor: only glass walls define the areas.

2. Seamless Modernism in Palm Springs: William F. Cody

william cody mid-century house palm springs

The legendary mid-century architect William F. Cody was a difficult man to pigeonhole. There exist few buildings that could really explain his style and many of his larger scale projects were quite eccentric, curved in some instances, in others borderline Googie.

3. William Krisel in Palm Springs – Mid-Century meets Contemporary

william krisel mid-century house palm springs

Contemporary style is the order of the day in this original mid-century house. Located in Palm Springs, and built in 1958 by the ubiquitous pairing of Alexander Construction Company and designer William Krisel, it is a calm interlude amid an immense landscape of mountains and sea.

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