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Mid-Century Architecture in Palm Springs, California
By Jason Albright

Palm Springs, California boasts one of the most unique and historic architectural styles. Palm Springs, California is noted for having the highest concentration of mid-century modern architecture in the United States. In fact, the National Trust for Historic Preservation recently recognized Palm Springs, California for its dedication to preserving mid-century modern architecture.

However, there is a bit of an architectural battle going on in Palm Springs, California. There has been recent pressure in Palm Springs, California to tear down historic architecture in order for new business enterprises to build on the land they once occupied. This is a continuing debate between developers and preservationist regarding the possible destruction of the Town and Country Center, one of Palm Springs, California's most notable landmarks. Noted architects A. Quincy Jones and Paul R. Williams designed the Town and Country Center.

Palm Springs, California drew many famous architects in the post-war period, including John Lautner, Richard Neutra, Rudolf Schindler, William Cody, Albert Frey, Donald Wexler and E. Stewart Williams. These architects, who were anchored in the Bauhaus art movement, made Palms Springs, California their architectural playground. They used modern materials, techniques, and floor plans and adapted them to the unique requirements of Palm Springs, California.

They were inspired by the starkness and the beauty of the desert, and developed a new style. Palm Springs, California gave birth to Desert Modernism. The style was noted for its use of glass, clean lines, and a combination of natural and manmade materials. It also included using indoor/outdoor spaces so those who used the building could take advantage of the unique climate in Palm Springs, California.

Some of the most famous Desert Modernism buildings in Palm Springs, California are the Tramway Gas Station, the Palm Springs airport, Coachella Savings and Loan, the Kaufmann House and the House of Tomorrow. Because of these buildings and more Palms Springs, California continues to be a point of interest for fans of mid-century architecture.

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