In 2000, Donald Wexler came out of retirement to design a house for his friend Marc Sanders, but Sanders was unable to get the design built at that time in accordance with city requirements. Per the Desert Sun, it wasn’t until 2014 that Sanders found a different lot to build on and started the process again. Wexler and local architect Lance O’Donnell agreed to update the original plans to meet code and suit the new site.
The "Steel & Glass" home was finalized just two months before Wexler’s passing, making it the last home the famed architect participated in building. (A client had previously built another iteration of Wexler’s Steel & Glass design from the original plans.)
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Palm Springs architect Donald Wexler (1926-2015) was dubbed the "Man of Steel" for his approach to steel-framed construction. In the early 1960s, the Alexander Construction Company tapped Wexler and Richard Harrison to design a neighborhood of 40 prefabricated steel homes.
The modest homes are now internationally known as examples of the Desert Modern style, incorporating open layouts, floor-to-ceiling glass, deep roof overhangs, and easy indoor/outdoor connections. (Only seven were actually built at the time because of a steep increase in the price of steel.)
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