- E. Stewart Williams
Designed and Built by E. Stewart Williams, AIA. Commissioned by Majorie & William Edris. Historic Site Preservation Board #46 - Palm Springs, CA.
The Edris House, built in 1954, was truly a labor of love.
E. Stewart Williams, who was one of the deserts pioneer modernist architects was best known at that time for designing and building a home for Frank Sinatra. The truth was that Stew didn't much like designing homes and only designed a hand full including the one that was not built for Bob Hope. Bob Hope favored John Lautner’s "Turtle" shape that we see on Southridge today. Stew far preferred doing commercial work because it "paid better and wasn't so emotional." Marjorie and William Edris lived next to Stew and his wife Mari in an apartment duplex designed by Stew. The foursome became quick and close friends which later inspired the Edris couple to commission their first home.
Mr. Edris owned hotels in Washington state and other real estate holdings but the couple wanted their own custom home set on their spectacular view lot in Little Tuscany. Stew was given complete design freedom, no budget and carefully considered how his clients lived down to measuring their existing clothing, determining how much hanging space they would need.
Upon completion, the home was reviewed as "chicken coup design" by one reviewer but was an instant hit with most that saw it.
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