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E. Stewart Williams, Architect : A Palm Springs Modern Master
February 21, 2017 | 10:00 am - 8:00 pm |
Creating innovative, award-winning homes, public and commercial buildings for over 50 years, Emerson Stewart Williams (1909-2005) brought his curious mind and love of the natural environment to Palm Springs in 1946, where he practiced and lived for the rest of his life. His architecture celebrated our city and its unique desert and mountains, and Williams crafted a broad range of distinctive modern landmarks with graceful lines and proportions, careful detailing and brilliant expression of local and modern building materials.
With a renaissance mind and extraordinary talent, E. Stewart Williams designed many Modern architectural monuments in downtown Palm Springs. His forms and concepts varied, yet the consistent thread throughout Williams’ numerous buildings is a sense of lasting clarity, inspiration and appropriateness to their surroundings. Inventively Modern in technique and expression, Williams adapted each building to its functional program, incorporating brilliant formal moves that accentuate the light, color and climate of the desert oasis in their aesthetics. Williams’ intellect and daring architectural talent led to numerous awards, culminating with his naming as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
Twelve of Williams’ career highlights, from comfortable, beautiful residences to iconic civic institutions, have been recommended for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. These significant structures will be exhibited in images at the Palm Springs Public Library in its central atrium, beginning with Modernism Week, through March 6. The exhibition is organized by the Palm Springs Modern Committee, and is FREE to the public during Library hours.