Designed by E. Stewart Williams, it’s loaded with midcentury style
Boy do we wish we had a few million dollars to spend on this beautiful Palm Springs post and beam, designed by modern architect E. Stewart Williams.
Known for his glassy bank buildings—and for Frank Sinatra’s ultra-cool Movie Colony home in Palm Springs—Williams rarely accepted commissions for private residences.
This one was built in 1955 for Canadian couple Leon and Thea Koerner. Now listed in the National Register of Historic Places, it sits on a one-acre lot in the city’s Deepwell neighborhood.
The home has been updated a bit over the years (including renovations in the 1970s overseen by Williams’s office), but retains plenty of midcentury style, with walls of glass, beamed ceilings, wood paneling, sliding doors, clerestory windows, and a stone fireplace.
Four bedrooms and four bathrooms are spread across a 4,224-square-foot, L-shaped interior. The open living room and dining room lead out to a screened porch, while the master bedroom opens to a glass-walled atrium and fountain illuminated by an overhead skylight.
The grounds around the home were designed by landscape architecture firm Eckbo, Royston and Williams and elements of their design, including terraced gardens, remain intact today. Other exterior features include a large swimming pool, a covered patio, an outdoor fireplace, and built-in bench seating.
The home also has some Hollywood credentials, having served as the setting for much of the 2006 crime drama Alpha Dogs.
On the market for the first time in two decades, it’s asking $3.35 million.
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