Going. Going… Palm Desert auctioning architect Walter White's one-of-a-kind 'wave' house – The Desert Sun


The metropolis is contemplating preserving a historic wave house in Palm Desert.

A landmark Palm Desert residence with a one-of-a-kind “curler-coaster wave” roof  will hit the public sale block throughout 2018 Modernism Week when metropolis officers and preservationists hope somebody with a ardour for midcentury fashionable structure will wish to personal and restore the construction.

Vacant and in disrepair, the house was designed in 1955 for playboy artist Miles C. Bates by modern architect Walter S. White.

The metropolis of Palm Desert introduced the public sale on its web site, and posted historic details about the house and its authentic proprietor, in addition to different integral documentation in regards to the property, together with directions on how to acquire a bid package deal.  

“The metropolis is thinking about partnering with a purchaser who values Walter White’s imaginative and prescient for the Miles Bates House and needs to return the construction to its former glory,” town states in a brochure documenting the construction’s historical past.

Palm Desert metropolis leaders have authorised as much as $50,000 in matching funds to incentivize restoration of the property.

Modernism Week, set for Feb. 15-25, is a celebration of midcentury fashionable design structure, artwork, trend and tradition and yearly attracts tens of 1000's of individuals  to the Coachella Valley.

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Constructed as a one-bed room, one-tub residence with curved partitions and an open flooring plan, modern architect White – who was primarily based in Palm Desert on the time – used wood dowels with bi-concave intermediate parts for the roof, a design type he patented.

The rolling roof line follows the profile of the Santa Rosa Mountains behind it.

The house, at 73697 Santa Rosa Method, generated “plenty of curiosity” when town opened it for public excursions throughout a Modernism Week Preview occasion in October, Mayor Jan Harnik stated.

The house sits on lower than an acre and was not too long ago appraised at $320,000 to $340,000. It's unknown what restoration would price.

The metropolis has hoped Modernism Week would provide the very best alternative to promote the house to somebody with a ardour for the structure and talent to protect and restore it.

Aside from a few small areas of dry rot, the roof stays in fine condition and savable, metropolis Public Works Director Mark Greenwood stated.

The metropolis’s Redevelopment Company bought the house in 2007 for future growth of close by Joslyn senior heart and to offer extra inexpensive housing for seniors.

However years earlier than town’s RDA acquired the house, it had been renovated with rooms added on within the entrance, shielding a lot of the roof from road view. A 4-unit, single-story residence advanced – additionally in a state of disrepair – was constructed on the south aspect of the house in 1973.

With the state’s dismantling of redevelopment businesses in 2011, town is now required to promote the house and land and should achieve this by the tip of June or it would turn out to be Riverside County property.

Within the meantime, efforts to get the house listed as a historic landmark domestically and nationally proceed.

PRESERVATION: City, historical society differ on how to preserve home

Historic society board secretary Merilee Colton stated putting the house up for public sale received’t damage registration efforts, however it will be significant that designation comes earlier than it's offered to maintain it from demolition.

Surrounded by citrus orchards when it was constructed, the house is in an space zoned for single and multi-household dwellings and now ringed by residence complexes.

A particular assembly of the Palm Desert Cultural Sources Preservation Committee is ready for 9 a.m. Dec. 12 to contemplate a neighborhood historic landmark designation for the house. The public assembly will likely be held within the council chambers convention room at Metropolis Corridor, on the northeast nook of Fred Waring Drive and San Pablo Avenue.

Whereas supportive of a neighborhood itemizing, the Metropolis Council not too long ago voted to object to a nomination for itemizing on the Nationwide Register, saying it might place restoration mandates/boundaries on the house that would make it price-prohibitive to potential consumers.

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As an alternative, Greenwood stated nationwide designation must be as much as the brand new proprietor. The resolution was met with disappointment from the historic society which continues to push ahead and get the nationwide itemizing.

“Our focus is on saving the house, and whereas we welcome town’s modern involvement, and all the hassle they've put ahead to search out the suitable purchaser, hope shouldn't be a plan and we should plan for the worst, Colton stated.

The nomination for nationwide designation will doubtless be authorised on the state stage earlier than the beginning of Modernism Week after which forwarded for federal approval, she stated.

“That won't robotically forestall destruction however ought to increase the house’s profile much more, which might assist in the struggle to protect it,” Colton stated.

For extra details about bidding on the house, go to cityofpalmdesert.org/our-city/departments/public-works/milesbateshouse

For Modernism Week data and tickets, go to www.modernismweek.com.

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