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Greater Palm Springs Area Mid-Century Modern Homes
Palm Springs mid-century modern homes include many that are located in South Palm Springs. As the name suggests, mid-century modern homes were designed and constructed in the mid-20th century. Palm Springs is considered the world center for mid-century modern homes with one of the largest collections of this type of architecture. The distinctive architecture includes many windows; post and beam design and open floor plans. Experts on this style of architecture generally agree that the majority of these types of homes were built between 1933 and 1965. The open floor plans as well as the use of many windows helped to open up the interior and brought the outdoors inside. The post and beam design eliminated typical supports and made the walls appear to be made of glass. These Palm Springs mid-century modern homes are often called California Modern.
A builder and real estate developer, Joseph Eichler, is credited with bringing this style of architecture to California. As a matter of fact, he is considered the most influential when it comes to introducing this style to the state. Many homes used solar features to help heat and cool the homes to make up for the use of large glass windows.
In addition to Joseph Eichler, the style is considered to be a natural extension of elements established by Frank Lloyd Wright. Palm Springs mid-century modern homes are not as formal as the International style that was made popular by Wright. The influence of Brazilian and Scandinavian architects at the time when this style of architecture was being designed helped to provide simplicity and the incorporation of nature into the home. Wright’s designs were used in residential developments to bring modernism into the post-war suburbs of America.