July 24, 2011 Palm Springs
More Mid-Century Modernism from Palm Springs
As I mentioned in my previous post on Palm Springs, there were four major architectural firms in the city during the mid-century period. They were all able to survive–and thrive–by accepting all types of commissions. These architects did not just do high-end homes for the likes of Frank Sinatra; they also designed the more mundane buildings a growing area needs: gas stations, schools, churches, government buildings and retail stores. Here are some shots of these buildings that you will find throughout the desert modern oasis. I’ll start with City Hall, which was designed by Albert Frey, John Porter Clark, Robson Chambers and E. Stewart Williams.
I like the various techniques they used to block the sun, including extended eaves and metal cylinders.
Here are some more government buildings.
Here are a few banks. I would not mind going to the bank everyday with these designs.
The Palm Springs Art Museum just announced that it has purchased the Santa Fe Federal Savings and Loan building to house architectural exhibits and design programs.
Here’s the original City National Bank (1959) by Rudy Baumfeld of Victor Gruen & Associates. The bank pays homage to Le Corbusier’s chapel in Ronchamp, France.
Here are a few churches.
Here a few commercial buildings beyond the banks highlighted above.
And to end this post, some dessert from the desert: Sherman’s Deli and Bakery.
Next post on Palm Springs will focus on the architecture of Don Wexler.