Three area historic homes recognized by Retro Renovation

June 18th, 2013 | by Skip Descant | Comments
An interior view of Sunnylands, the former winter estate of Walter and Leonore Annenberg in Rancho Mirage. Photo: Courtesy of Sunnyalnds.

An interior view of Sunnylands, the former winter estate of Walter and Leonore Annenberg in Rancho Mirage. Photo: Courtesy of Sunnyalnds.

Three familiar and impressive Coachella Valley homes made their way to a list of 59 notable mid-century modern homes across the country put out by the renovation website Retro Renovation.

Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms Estate in Palm Springs, the Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway home, also in Palm Springs and Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage joined the ranks of Fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece in Mill Run, Penn. and the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, Conn.

The list is made up of “house museums” that can be visited. A number of them are iconic architect-designed masterpieces. While others were selected for the role they played in the evolution of mid-century residential architectural style. And then other homes become historic because of their association with historic figures. For example, in addition to including homes connected with luminaries like Elvis or Sinatra, Louis Armstrong’s home in Queens, N.Y. is one the list.

Sinatra’s Twin Palms estate in the Movie Colony neighborhood in Palm Springs was designed by E. Stewart Williams in 1947.

The home now known as the Elvis Presley Honeymoon Hideaway was built in 1957 by real estate developer Robert Alexander. In 1962 Look Magazine dubbed it “The House of Tomorrow.”  Elvis leased the home in the mid-1960s when he and his new bide Priscilla famously spent their honeymoon at the home.

Sunnylands was the winter estate of Walter and Leonore Annenberg. It was designed by A. Quincy Jones and developed from 1963 to 1966. The 25,000-square-foot home sits on 200 acres and has played host to numerous world leaders. Most recently, in early June, President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping met for two days at Sunnylands to discuss United States and Chinese relations.

 

 

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