1922 – R. M. Schindler designs first modern building in the desert: a cabin for Paul and Betty Popenoe in Coachella

1923 – Oasis Hotel, a Modern masterpiece in slip-form concrete, designed by Lloyd Wright

1928 – El Mirador Hotel opens on New Year’s Eve

1933 – William Gray Purcell builds cubist modern house

1934 – Albert Frey, with New York partner A. Lawrence Kocher, designs International Style Kocher-Samson office building

1935 – Avant garde all-concrete Community Church on Baristo Road built, designed by Charles Tanner

1936 – La Plaza Shopping Center, designed by Harry Williams, introduced as one of the first car-oriented shopping centers in America

1936 – Eric Webster and Adrian Wilson design streamline/nautical Moderne “Ship of the Desert”

1937 – Richard Neutra designs Grace Lewis Miller house that includes her Mensendieck posture therapy studio

1939 – John Porter Clark builds International Style house for his family on former El Mirador golf course

1939 – Palm Springs Women’s Club designed by John Porter Clark

1941 – Welwood Murray Library designed by John Porter Clark

1946 – Albert Frey builds house for famed industrial designer Raymond Loewy in what is becoming the Desert Modern architectural style that he and others are pioneering

1946-47 – Neutra’s Kaufmann house, where photographer Julius Shulman would take one of his most famous photographs, built on West Vista Chino

1947 – E. Stewart Williams designs Frank Sinatra house

1947 – Maryon Toole House designed by R. M. Schindler in Palm Desert

1947 – William F. Cody designs the Del Marcos Motel, which wins an AIA prize

1947 – Mountainside additions to the Tennis Club designed by architects A. Quincy Jones and Paul R. Williams

1950 – Town & Country Center built in the Late Moderne style with design by A. Quincy Jones and Paul R. Williams

1952 – The Oasis Commercial Building, an early International Style structure, designed by E. Stewart Williams and erected adjacent to Lloyd Wright’s Oasis Hotel tower. Interiors by Paul R. Williams

1953 – Albert Frey remodels the house he built for himself in 1940 and adds a futuristic, spaceship-like second story

1953 – Edris House, designed by E. Stewart Williams, completed

1956 – Ocotillo Lodge, a collaboration between the Alexander Company and the architectural firm of William “Bill” Krisel and Dan Saxon Palmer, opens

1952 – 1957 – Palm Springs City Hall, designed by Albert Frey and John Porter Clark and the firm of Williams, Williams & Williams, is built

1957 – Twin Palms, tract homes built for the Alexander Construction Company, designed by William Krisel of Palmer and Krisel.  Designs establish template for affordable desert modern homes

1957 – William Cody’s Huddle’s Springs restaurant, a superior example of Googie style, opens

1958 – William Pereira and Charles Luckman design Robinson’s Department Store

1958 – Sandpiper condominium development opens in Palm Desert with architecture and landscape designs by William Krisel

1958 – Santa Fe Federal Savings Building by E. Stewart Williams completed

1959 – City National Bank (now Bank of America) opens, designed by Rudy Baumfeld of Victor Gruen Associates.  Homage to Le Corbusier’s Ronchamp chapel built five years earlier

1959 – Construction begins on Spa Bathhouse and Hotel designed by architects Cody, Wexler, Harrison and Koenig

1960 – E. Stewart Williams designs Coachella Valley Savings and Loan #3

1960 – Alpha Beta Shopping Center built, designed by Albert Frey and Robson Chambers

1960 – 666 Palm Canyon Drive building designed by Howard and Lawrence Lapham

1960-62 – William Cody designs futuristic gas station on North Palm Canyon

1961-62 – Seven experimental Alexander steel houses built, some with folded plate roofs, with designs by Donald Wexler

1962 – House of Tomorrow designed by Palmer and Krisel for Bob Alexander in Las Palmas completed. Best known as Elvis honeymoon hideaway

1962 – Maslon house, designed by Richard Neutra, completed at Tamarisk Country Club in Rancho Mirage

1963 – Albert Frey builds another house for himself on a steep lot with a boulder as a room divider and practical aluminum roof

1963– 1965 – Tramway gas station, designed by Albert Frey and Robson Chambers, built on North Palm Canyon 

1968 – Elrod House, famed for its part in the James Bond film, Diamonds are Forever, designed by John Lautner

1968 – St. Theresa Parish Church designed by William Cody

1968 – Max Palevsky House designed by Craig Ellwood

1973 – John Lautner designs turtle-shell roofed Bob Hope House

1975 – Palm Springs Library Center designed by William Cody

1976 – Palm Springs Desert Museum opens, designed by E. Stewart Williams

1978 – Lowslung organic Charthouse restaurant opens, designed by Kendrick Bangs Kellogg

1995 – Marmol Radziner Associates restores Neutra’s Kaufmann House

2007 – New and replica designs of mid-century modern houses appear in the desert

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