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Twin Palms Residence: PS ModCom Iconic Home Tour

Iconic William Krisel Home Tour includes a book signing of William Krisel's Palm Springs: The Language of Modernism with the homeowner and author Chris Menrad and his amazing vintage car collection!

$40 (30 min)

Category: Tour (Exterior), Tour (Interior)

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In 1956, construction began on a new idea for housing in Palm Springs that would forever transform the makeup of the town. The Alexander Construction Company presciently hired architect William Krisel to design a series of unique post and beam houses of essentially the same floor plan and concept.  Krisel utilized different facades and unique rooflines to brilliantly create a neighborhood that at once felt custom.  Krisel created 9 different elevations utilizing flat, gabled, and inverted rooflines that gave a different feeling to each house.  

This home features his iconic ‘Floating Butterfly’ roofline which was uniquely only ever built in the Twin Palms neighborhood.  In 2006 the homeowner, Chris Menrad, past president of the Palm Springs Modern Committee and currently serving on the  executive board, worked with Krisel on restoring both the interior and exterior features back to the original design, including painting the house back to the original color palette. 

During the restoration the front yard landscaping was also designed and updated by William Krisel. Inside, the home is furnished with wonderful art and period-correct furnishings throughout. 
The house was designated as a Class One Historic Site by the City of Palm Springs in 2010, as noted on the plaque by the driveway. 
A wonderful opportunity to explore an iconic midcentury modern masterpiece!


Things to Know
This event is for all ages.
Street parking available.
There are some exterior and/or interior steps.
This event is not wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Palm Springs Modern Committee.

Event Check-in Location
Twin Palms Residence
1070 Apache Rd
Palm Springs, CA 92264
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Photo Credits: Bill Stewart – Chris Menrad

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