Mid-century/desert modern houses
On (or adjacent to) N. Sunnyview Drive. between Simms and E. Molina roads in North Palm Springs sit seven unique, early 1960s homes designed by noted modernist architects Donald Wexler & Richard Harrison and built by the Alexander Construction Co.
Their innovative vision; to make affordable desert housing for the masses from prefabricated all-steel and glass components that could be assembled on site.
They might have succeeded too if it hadn’t been for the jump in steel prices which made the builder balk, shutting down construction before the rest of their planned 38 homes could be built.
By the 1980s, the seven houses they’d completed had fallen into disrepair and were largely forgotten, but with the following decade came a renewed interest in the mid-century modern movement and a renewed interest in these marvelous structures.
Since then, all seven homes have been restored and are now referred to as the “Wexler Steel Houses.”
Class 1 Historic Site status was granted to all the houses in 2001, and in 2012, Steel Development House No. 2 (3125 N. Sunnyview Dr.) became the first mid-century modern structure in Palm Springs to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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