Posts Tagged ‘Palm Springs’

Little house in La Quinta, California

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

I love this house in La Quinta. I asked my California friend Darren why the town is called La Quinta, which means “fifth” in Spanish, and he wrote: “It’s called that because in colonial times, there were haciendas along major commercial routes that were reached every fifth day of travel. As a result, “La Quinta” is actually a fairly common place name in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.” Those days are over, obviously, and this is not a hacienda, but it seems to fit into this landscape more perfectly than many of the reproduction Spanish colonial jobs that flank it.

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ETERNITY

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

Eternity or just Palm Springs, one or the other. Either way, you can tell from the tall red capitals it’s a warning.

Photo taken through plane window, upon landing in California. It’s strange that you can get an inadvertent tilt-shift effect by shooting through the curved window of the plane.

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Palmer & Krisel, midcentury modern architecture

Friday, December 11th, 2009

These midcentury modern houses are by the famed Los Angeles architectural firm Palmer & Krisel, which has built a phenomenal number of iconic houses in this style in California and Nevada. (See House of Tomorrow, for example.) And Bill Krisel is still working today! Of the photos below, the house directly below is new; the rest are truly midcentury.

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Horizon Hotel, Palm Springs

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

William Cody, Architect, 1952. From the standpoint of the rainy temperate rainforest, desert landscaping is so seductive, so distant, so taunting. Red cactus soil, and an agave growing through the roof, and a boulder. Photos by Chimay Bleue (my friend Darren) by permission, on Flickr.

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The Parker Hotel in Palm Springs

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

The Parker Hotel as photographed by Chimay Bleue, who has produced one of my favourite collections of photos of modernist architecture on Flickr. I’ll do a series of posts using his photos if he will let me. Look at the perforated screen wall outside – why don’t we see these screens around my part of the world?

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Living with boulders

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Frank Lloyd Wright built Fallingwater on a boulder-covered site, but the giant rocks beneath and around that well-known house are not nearly so graphic or madly visible as they are in these houses. Some of these structures were deliberately built on or around boulders, whether for aesthetics, site preservation, or protection; others incorporated the rocks simply because the rocks could not be moved from the only available building spot.

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