Collection by Allie Weiss

Midcentury Lovers: You Can Thank This Architect for Transforming Palm Springs Into a Modernist Hotbed


A new book explores the legacy of modernist icon William Krisel.

William Krisel's Palm Springs (Gibbs Smith) is the first major monograph dedicated to the architect, who helped introduce the modern aesthetic to the desert city on a mass scale. He designed countless examples of the tract house, which Alan Hess describes in the book as "the basic building block of the modern suburban metropolises growing after 1945." Krisel's single-family homes embraced the more contemporary post-war lifestyle with open-plan layouts and a connection to the outdoors. Here, we've gathered a few of our favorite examples of his architecture from the book, which prove his role in cementing the midcentury style of Palm Springs.

A tract house with a butterfly roof designed in 1956 for Joe Dunas.
Another 1956 tract house with a flat roof designed by Krisel.
Krisel designed the Ocotillo Lodge, a hotel that featured a number of his signature design moves: post-and-beam...
The Sandpiper is a group of nine real estate subdivisions (306 homes in total), designed by Krisel and built between...
A home in Krisel's Kings Point development, an 11-acre site off of the Canyon Country Club golf course that was...
Krisel was also known for his boldly modern approach to landscape.
The interior of the Menrad residence, with a raised ceiling and glass walls.
The Buzyn residence features an open-plan interior.
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