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Edris House: A Desert Modern Masterpiece in Palm Springs

POSTED BY katherine mcbride COMMENTS

One of the crowning achievements of prolific Palm Springs based Architect, E. Steward Williams, FAIA is now currently on the market and can be yours for $4.2 million.  This three bedroom, three bath home is 2700 square feet and sits on .64 acres in Little Tuscany Estates.  The house was originally built in 1954 for William and Marjorie Williams, a couple from Washington State that owned hotels in and around Seattle.  Edris house is considered one of Palm Springs most recognizable homes, and was listed on the National Historic register in 2016.

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This home is unique in that it maintains much of the architect’s original intention and does a remarkable job of blending in with the natural environment surrounding it.  It is a functional and ‘livable’ space that has an open-design concept, and is great for entertaining.  Design features include a prominent sloping roof, walls clad and wood and stonework, Douglas fir paneled ceilings, and sweeping 360 views of the Coachella Valley from the expansive floor to ceiling windows.

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Williams joined his father and brother to create the firm Williams, Williams, & Williams in 1946.  He is responsible for designing many commercial, institutional, and residential projects around Palm Springs at the height of the Mid-Century era, including the Palm Springs Ariel Tramway.  While Edris house is one of Williams’ most significant architectural achievements, one of his best-known homes is Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms Estates which is also a featured home tour at this year’s modernism week (already underway).

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Edris house is a pristine example of Desert Modernism as it incorporates the principles that define this design philosophy including ‘clean lines, indoor-outdoor living, and the use of glass and other artificial and natural materials.’ (latimes.com).  E. Steward Williams’ architectural legacy has had a lasting impact on the landscape of Palm Springs, and his work is a testament to the continuous appeal of the Desert Modern lifestyle.

A Free public lecture is being given on the work and legacy of Williams today at the Palm Springs Public Library: Stewart Williams, Architect : A Palm Springs Modern Master

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