the consolidated orange growers precooling & ice plant

orange, california

Located at 160 South Cypress Street, this building is in its original location within the City of Orange’s Old Towne Santa Fe Depot District and the Old Town Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Precooling Plant (original facility) was built by the Consolidated Orange Growers as an industrial facility to cool citrus fruit, which was transported from the adjacent packing house, cooled and stored, then loaded into iced rail cars on the adjacent railroad for distribution throughout the country. The 14,400 S.F. Precooling Plant was constructed in 1930, with a significant 4,400 S.F Ice Plant addition in 1939. The Precooling Plant is constructed of poured and formed concrete exterior walls, insulated with a minimum of 4” thick corkboard. The Precooling Plant includes a full-height basement, and two full-height levels above grade. The Ice Plant addition, mimicked exterior materials, and is single story which wraps the Precooling Plant in an L-shaped configuration. The style of the building is simple, its walls unadorned, responsive to the intended industrial purpose. The Consolidated Orange Growers closed their facility in 1964. The Consolidated Orange Growers Precooling Plant & Ice Plant are extant and are in excellent condition. The building, as a mid-twentieth century Precooling & Ice Plant, retains all aspects of historic integrity.

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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.