From the funky files: three iconic Palm Springs homes

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Palm Springs, California is famous for its mid-century desert architecture. In fact, the area probably has the greatest collection of preserved mid-century specimens anywhere in the United States.

It was also a mecca for experimental architecture and design during the 1960’s.

Have a look at these 3 iconic Palm Springs originals…

1. The D’Angelo House, 1963

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This tiny 857 square foot home has only 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom but is internationally known due to it being one of only a few homes in the world that rotate electronically.

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Located on the outskirts of Palm Springs, this home is currently listed for sale at $279,000.

The house was built by LA businessman Floyd D’Angelo of the Aluminum Skylight and Specialty Corporation, who worked with an aerospace engineer pal to build a house that would show off one of his products

– from: http://la.curbed.com/

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The rotating home comes on over an acre of property with desert vistas – so you can adjust your views daily if desired.

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For more details, see the listing and the Curbed article on the D’Angelo House.

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2. The Frey House II, 1963

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Here’s another funky home built in 1963, this one by Albert Frey, the so-called “father of the Desert Modernism style”.

It is located on a rocky mountainside overlooking the city of Palm Springs.

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City officials back in the 1960’s would not allow Frey to excavate rock at the site, so he instead built around the existing rock.

Architect Albert Frey spent years measuring the movement of the sun and the contours of the rocks before he selected the site for his modernist home.

– from: http://la.curbed.com/

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The home only measures in at 800 square feet, but it was designed with efficiency in mind as all of the furniture was built-in.

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The future of this house is secure because it is now owned by the Palm Springs Art Museum and is recognized as a significant contribution to the genre of Desert Modernism.

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image from: http://architecture.about.com/od/housetours/ss/FreyHouseII_3.htm

The home is occasionally open for public functions, but I’ve read that red wine is not permitted inside the residence.
For more details, see the Albert Frey II House.

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3. The Arthur Elrod House, 1968

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image from: http://www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/lautner.htm

Literally one of THE most architecturally significant homes in all the world. Known as The Elrod House, this John Lautner-designed home was commissioned by designer Arthur Elrod in 1968 and has been featured in numerous books, magazines and museum exhibitions.

– from: www.zillow.com

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image from: http://www.trianglemodernisthouses.com

Last listed for sale in 2011, the 5 bedroom / 6 bathroom Elrod House is perched above a Palm Springs neighborhood with outstanding views…

image from: http://www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/lautner.htm

image from: http://www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/lautner.htm

One of the defining elements of this home is the retractable glass wall which opens up a large section of the house to the pool terrace.

The home also features a 60 foot wide circular living room with a conical ceiling that fans out in 9 “petals” between 9 clerestory windows.

image from: http://www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/lautner.htm

image from: http://www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/lautner.htm

The Arthur Elrod House even made an appearance in the James Bond movie Diamonds are Forever. John Lautner himself did remodels on this home in 1971 and then about ten years later.

For more information about John Lautner’s impressive body of work, see Triangle Modernist Houses, and for more details about the Arthur Elrod House, check out the Zillow listing from 2011.

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