hamrick house

palm springs, california

Hamrick House is a one-story residence designed in the Spanish or Mediterranean Revival style and constructed in 1942. Located in an area of Palm Springs called Little Tuscany Estates, the house was designed by two master architects, John Porter Clark and Albert Frey. Hamrick House is constructed of stone and masonry foundation, plaster and masonry walls, with clay tile roof with exposed eaves of wooden tongue and groove. Prominent design elements consist of a stone chimney, stone pilasters, and a stone wall along the property’s north and west borders, integral to the original design. The five bedroom, five bathroom home retains the steel casement windows and screens, original roof tile, and the concrete adobe brick exterior, painted in neutral tones to blend with the desert sand. Hamrick House retains all aspects of historic integrity including location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association.

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southridge house

palm springs, california

Southridge is one of the most exclusive and historic estates in Palm Springs. Development on the steep hill began in the early 1960s. Its spectacular site overlooking the Coachella Valley spurred designers like John Lautner to create the area’s most dramatic properties: the legendary Bob Hope and Arthur Elrod houses. William F. Cody and Hugh Kaptur also designed homes there and the community attracted stars like Steve McQueen and William Holden. This home, originally designed by the local team of Patten & Wild is one of the first homes to be built in Southridge. It is a simple California ranch style with a hip roof and concrete shingles. Original breeze-blocks still wrap around the lower level, where the architect has created her studio. The house has been gutted internally and the floor plan has been reworked, removing a clumsy lower-level addition that detracted from the home’s outlook, re-siting pool equipment, and returning the property to its minimal design. The house embraces the landscape, blurring the boundaries of interior and exterior, with the exterior being equally important. “The best design goes unnoticed…the eye carries beyond the house.” The home had interiors more suited to Beverly Hills than the desert, so beige marble was removed in favor of poured terrazzo. A previously secluded kitchen now opens to the tremendous views. Bathrooms feature original vintage tile and are updated with new fittings and Dornbracht hardware that matches the Crane originals. The neutral color palette throughout provides a soft backdrop for classic midcentury furniture by Eames, Saarinen and Mies van der Rohe. Outside the landscape has also been reworked and simplified with desert plantings.