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The Chambers Residence: An Architect’s Home

The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation will host a tour of the Robson & Helen Chambers Residence (1946) a sublime early example of residential modernist design.

$45 (30 min)

Category: @Palm Springs, Self-guided, Tour (Exterior), Tour (Interior)

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The Robson & Helen Chambers Residence provides the discerning architectural tourgoer with two treats in one package!  Firstly, the house represents a sublime early example of Desert Modernist residential architecture.  Secondly, the house displays all the thought and ingenuity an architect might be expected to lavish on his personal residence.

The Chambers’ Residence was completed in 1946 with additions by the architect in 1950 and 1956.  In his design of the home, architect Robson Chambers applied both the philosophy and aims of what was to become the Desert Modernist movement.  Aside from its many local and regional plaudits, the home’s innovative design was recognized nationally when it appeared in Architectural Record’s 1954 hardcover book, A Treasury of Contemporary Houses.  This is a self-guided tour but tourgoers will receive an eight-page color collectible handout.

The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to educate and promote public awareness of the importance of preserving the historical resources and architecture of the city of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley area.”  PSPF offers free membership as a public benefit.  To learn more about the work of the foundation see


Things to Know
This event is for ages 18 and older.
To avoid confusion, and as a courtesy to other tour goers, please arrive at your designated tour start time.
No children or pets and no smoking please.
Restrooms are not available for tour use.
Large purses and backpacks are discouraged.
Shoe covers (booties) will be required.
Interior photography is permitted for personal use.
Please be respectful of the neighborhood and do not park in front of mail boxes or driveways.
The organizer of this event is Palm Springs Preservation Foundation.

Event Check-in Location

Robson & Helen Chambers Residence, 695 South Warm Sands Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264
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Photo Credits: 
Carlos Serrao and Julius Shulman © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10), Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10), Carlos Serrao

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