Sagewood: Donald Wexler Tour
February 24, 2017 |
Tour Times: 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM
The architecture of the late Donald Wexler embodies the essence of midcentury modernism through its sleek design and efficiency. Often lauded for his “quiet elegance,” Wexler designed Sagewood, a condominium development of 108 units in Palm Springs, to reflect the characteristics of his style: natural lines, integrated design logic, nonsuperfluous details, an innovative adaptation to the desert climate and an esthetic sense of seamlessly blending architecture and nature. Like the Palm Springs International Airport, El Rancho Vista Estates and the Dinah Shore estate, Sagewood, designed in 1971, is emblematic of Wexler’s midcentury vision, especially his balance of form, function and beauty. After his death in 2015, Wexler’s wizardly vision of streamlined architecture seems more relevant than ever.
This self-guided tour will feature five condominiums whose interior decor reflect Wexler’s design intentions. Visitors can follow a prescribed route or choose their own path around the complex. Docents inside each home will answer questions about Sagewood and the interiors of the homes. The window of visitation time for each tour is two hours.
The funds from the tour will go toward the Sagewood community’s reserve fund for sustainability projects, such as updated irrigation, desert landscaping and a solar power initiative.