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Wexler Residence – Palm Springs Modern Committee Iconic Home Tour
February 19, 2018 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm |
Tour Times: 10:00 am, 10:30 am, 11:00 am, 11:30 am, 12:00 pm, 12:30 pm, 1:00 pm, 1:30 pm
This is a unique opportunity to visit the midcentury modern masterpiece designed by, and for, architect Donald Wexler and his family. Soon after establishing his architectural practice with Rick Harrison, Wexler set out in 1955 to build a new house for his wife and soon-to-arrive baby using a $15,000 GI loan. Of wood post-and-beam construction, the original floor plan was designed for planned additions that eventually would accommodate his three sons.
The house changed hands several times after the family’s departure in 1993. In 2008, Wexler was invited back to assist in a full restoration in collaboration with architect Lance O’Donnell. Due to the spectacular result, the Palm Springs Modern Committee presented its coveted Residential Restoration Award to the owner in 2009.
Upon visiting the house in later years, Julius Shulman stated, “This house demonstrates how design works today, fifty years later… It’s magnificent. Nothing has changed. Nothing has to be changed. It works beautifully.” Rarely open to the public and under new ownership, this is your opportunity to see first-hand Wexler’s early experimentation with wood construction that would lead to his embrace of steel in the 1960s.
Funds raised from this tour are dedicated to the writing of the National Register nomination celebrating the architectural legacy of Donald Wexler.
Tours are strictly limited. Please note that no photography is allowed.
The Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS ModCom) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of Desert Modern architecture and design. We accomplish this through education, advocacy for threatened buildings, promotion of heritage tourism, and the celebration of successes in preservation and adaptive reuse.