PLACES: KAUFMANN DESERT HOUSE

This past weekend marked the end of Palm Springs Modernism Week, an annual event featuring lectures, exhibitions, and tours of iconic Modernist buildings in Palm Springs. A popular desert oasis vacation spot for wealthy Los Angeles residents, Palm Springs attracted many important Modernist architects like Richard Neutra, John Lautner, Donald Wexler, and William F. Cody.

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One of the very best Modernist homes in Palm Springs is the Kaufmann Desert House, designed by Richard Neutra in 1946. A simple, elegant L-shaped structure of flat white ceilings and thin white-painted support columns, the house is mostly glass, better to showcase the resplendent scenery: an ultramarine pool, curving lawns and a desert garden, and a rocky mountainous backdrop. The visitors to Modernist Week who were able to tour this gem were truly lucky.

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Kaufmann Desert House, 1946 Neutra 310.505.5916 0526

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