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Chino Canyon Project: Desert Palisades Al Beadle Home 1 & O’Donnell Home 1

February 26, 2017 |

$50 - $65

Tour Times: 9:30 AM, 10:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:00 PM, 12:30 PM, 1:00 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:00 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:00 PM, 3:30 PM, 4:00 PM, 4:30 PM

Tour two new architectural masterpieces in Palm Springs’ last hillside development.

Set lightly into the natural terrain of what is likely the last hillside development in Palm Springs, The Chino Canyon Project represents the mindful neighboring of old and new. Two architectural homes, one based on a never-constructed plan by late midcentury modern architect Al Beadle, the other by esteemed Palm Springs architect Lance O’Donnell, exemplify the very best of midcentury and contemporary modern architecture in Palm Springs.

The Chino Canyon alluvial fan, with its boulder-strewn landscape and 360 degree views of the San Jacinto, Santa Rosa and Chocolate Mountains in three alternating directions and long vistas of the valley floor stretching as far as the Salton Sea, provides a stunning environment for these site-specific high modern homes.

O’Donnell has designed a resource-efficient split level structure from resilient, inorganic building materials, with a cutting edge solar energy system and architecture that optimizes, sun, shade, rainwater and desert breezes.

Within walking distance is Beadle’s design, a two story structure based on plans unearthed from the late architect’s Phoenix-based estate. The home’s minimized footprint preserves the site’s natural hillside setting while the second level hovers, seemingly defying gravity.

The homes debut during Modernism Week, providing an opportunity for tour goers to be among the first to view these fresh examples of forward-thinking desert modernism.

Sunday, February 26
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The 4:30 Tour on February 26 will include a special lecture presentation:
From Phoenix to Palm Springs, Unbuilt Al Beadle: Adapting a Master Architect’s 1960s Design Vision for 2017

The lecture will provide context into the evolution of the elevated living prototype within the single-family home, its importance and place in Al Beadle’s architecture, and the personal and practical difficulty of realizing the project 50 years later, 270 miles west in California, 1,000 feet lower, and 6 miles from the San Andreas Fault.

For more information please visit www.palmspringslife.com/chinocanyonproject.

Additional Information

All ages
Things to Know
Tours are every half hour Thursday, February 16 – Sunday, February 26, starting at 9:30 a.m. and closing at hours that vary with the day. Please check daily tour options before purchasing tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Photography Credits
Courtesy of Palm Springs Life
Tour Times
Tour Times: 9:30 AM, 10:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:00 PM, 12:30 PM, 1:00 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:00 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:00 PM, 3:30 PM, 4:00 PM, 4:30 PM
Number of Times
15 Tour Times


Palm Springs Life


Al Beadle Home 1 and Lance O’Donnell Home 1
1101 W. Racquet Club Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States