Palm Springs, CA (PRWEB) April 24, 2013
DESERT2, the spectacular all pre-fabricated steel home designed by Jim Jennings will be opened to Palm Springs Modern Committee members, supporters and friends with a reception on Saturday April 27, 2013 from 6-8 pm. Cocktails and light fare will be offered during the reception. Two very special guests, Donald Wexler, designer of the iconic steel houses of the 1960’s in Palm Springs and architect designer Jim Jennings will be present at the event. The reception is a membership-building event for the Palm Springs Modern Committee to help strengthen its vital preservation and advocacy programs.
The new DESERT2 is a serene, elegant and exquisitely proportioned steel and glass house that tips its hat to the iconic steel homes designed by Donald Wexler 50 years ago in Palm Springs. Like the Wexler homes, DESERT2 was constructed of prefabricated steel wall and roof panels. Blue Sky Building Systems developed the house.
No American city is as closely identified with mid-century architecture as Palm Springs with its wealth of desert modernist structures.This is evidenced by the recent listing of Wexler & Harrison’s Steel Development House on the National Register of Historic Places, the first midcentury structure in Palm Springs to receive national Register listing. Palm Springs was the location of prefabricated modular steel house as early as 1937. They were sleek; flat roofed, and stylishly furnished steel cottages that attracted national attention
In the 1960’s seven pre-fabricated steel houses were designed by Donald Wexler of Wexler & Harrison and built by the Alexander Construction Company. These homes featured simple open plans and each house contained a living room, dining room, kitchen, den/study, and two bedrooms and baths. All rooms featured full-height sliding glass doors that opened into exterior living spaces and swimming pools. Cantilevered overhangs provided shading.
Tickets for the event are $15 for Palm Springs Modern Committee members and $20 for non-members, but free to new or renewing members.
About Palm Springs Modern Committee
The Palm Springs Modern Committee (PSMODCOM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of Desert Modern architecture and design. We accomplish this through education, advocacy for threatened buildings, promotion of heritage tourism, and the celebration of successes in preservation and adaptive reuse.
For additional information about PSMODCOM, please visit: http://www.psmodcom.org.