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Alexander Homes Bring High Style to the Coachella Valley, a Talk by Chris Menrad

The Alexanders were a stylish and charismatic family that built over 2000 Desert Modern homes in the Coachella Valley. Learn more about this innovative family and their collaboration with architects.

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Learn about the innovative family business that built over 2000 Desert Modern homes in the Coachella Valley. Their lead architect, William Krisel, created an iconic modern style that was both easy to build and affordable.  Architects Charles Du Bois and Donald Wexler continued to innovate with the Alohaus A-frames and the Steel Houses. The Alexanders themselves were a stylish and charismatic family that graced the pages of national magazines. Their modernist lifestyle included architecture, fashion, martinis and sports cars which captured the imagination of the new generation of home buyers.
Chris Menrad is a founding board member and past-president of the Palm Springs Modern Committee (PSModCom). He co-authored the book William Krisel’s Palm Springs. Chris has restored many Alexander homes including his own. The Ocotillo Lodge restoration won a PSModCom Preservation Award in 2009. Chris’ own Alexander home designed by William Krisel has been designated as a Class One Historic Site, the first Krisel-designed structure to be so designated. It is so well known that it is now a popular stop on architecture tours, and the subject of many photographs. Chris has subsequently restored three additional homes in the Twin Palms Area and is active in the Twin Palms Neighborhood Organization.
Palm Springs Library

Free, Ticket required

Things to Know
This event is for ages 12 and older.

The event is first come, first seated.
Covered drinks only and no food is allowed in the library.
There is ample parking in the adjacent parking lot and on the street.
This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Palm Springs Public Library.

Event Check-in Location
Palm Springs Public Library

300 S Sunrise Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Photo Credits: Chris Menrad – PSPL

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