For sale: MCM Alexander House by Walter S. White

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DavidC
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For sale: MCM Alexander House by Walter S. White

Post by DavidC »

The article states that Walter S. White worked with Wright (among others) but his name doesn't show up on the Geiger apprentice list.

1950s Alexander House by Walter S. White in Palm Springs, California, USA


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Craig
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Post by Craig »

Not true. White did work as a draftsman for both Schindler (8 months) and Harwell Hamilton Harris (6 months). He recalled visiting Taliesin West with a friend to meet with Wright about joining the Fellowship. White says he was offered a spot but after much consideration, he declined and returned to California to make his own way.

White one of the least known of the Palm Springs area modernists. Another of his designs, the "Wave House," is soon to be auctioned off by the City of Palm Desert (which currently owns it). It's an glorious wreck and I am eager to see what comes of it.

http://www.cityofpalmdesert.org/our-cit ... bateshouse
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Post by Roderick Grant »

The house is fine, but it seems to be hemmed in. For that kind of money, one should get more privacy from nearby houses. Yet it is within a walk of the Elvis Presley Estate!

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Post by jay »

I saw this floor plan by WW a couple weeks ago:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BeCcTctH5rI/
Seems like a great little concept. Does anyone know more about it?
I found a fairly current listing for one of the units:
http://www.paulkaplanrealtor.com/listin ... -ca-92253/
(The reno zaps some charm...)

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Post by SDR »

Nice compact plan ! He really gets those roofs floating by supporting the end of the ridge on a narrow lally. These little houses owe something to a Cliff May prefab -- with a 60º prow that May never drew, as far as I know.

There's always something fresh in modernism, isn't there. Wright and the other leaders had many followers, any one of whom can surprise us with something the "master" never got around to trying ?

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Post by Roderick Grant »

Zapped charm, indeed. Talk about TDMW! But the house is charming, nevertheless.

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Post by jay »

Originally four were built on a quadrant. Two got demolished....
Perhaps they can be submitted for recognition from the official foundation of "Cool Little Moderate Housing Designs for Suburban America".
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Post by DRN »

Great little house. The gable end prow windows admit a lot of light and lend spaciousness to the rooms. I also like the trapezoidal little desk worked into the corner next to the closet to resolve an otherwise difficult spot to utilize...nothing wasted.


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Post by Craig »

A minor complaint. They couldn't move the dining table over about 2 feet so they wouldn't have to swag that underwhelming orange chandelier thing?

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Post by SDR »

Swagging -- ah yes; takes me back to my stint in a lamp store. There's plenty of room, here, it would see, to place a table correctly. Perhaps the architect intended a different furniture arrangement ?

The most objectionable thing for me is the gloss finish to the ceiling. Perhaps it reads differently in fact. Reflections move as the observer does, something lost in still photography . . .

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