DOCOMOMO Architectural Bus Tour Highlight: Kaufmann Residence

Kaufmann Residence, Palm Springs Modernism Week

The iconic Kaufmann Residence is THE house that kickstarted the whole movement to restore and revive mid-century architecture in Palm Springs; the very house that may have single-handedly transformed Palm Springs from a recreational haven into an architectural-cultural destination.  Built in 1946 by architect Richard Neutra, this unforgettable residence was photographed by Julius Shulman and enjoyed almost 20 years of notoriety before settling into obscurity in 1970, around the time of Neutra’s death.  In 1993, it was purchased by Beth and Brent Harris and restored to its former splendor by Leo Marmol and Ron Radziner.   Since their restoration of the house (completed in 1995) there have been close to 275 articles about the house.

For anyone thinking of joining Palm Springs Modernism Week for the DOCOMOMO Architectural Bus Tours, October 5th through 8th, it’s definitely worth reading up on the hidden history of this iconic house to better understand the entire cast of characters who have all played a part in this 65-year love story.  When you pull up in front of 470 West Vista Chino, you’ll feel like part of the story yourself.

Here are just a few amazing photographs of the Kaufmann Residence from across the years.

This is the view that most of us have seen before.

Photo by Patrick McGrew

An iconic image from back in the day, exhibited last year as part of the Backyard Oasis exhibition at the Palm Springs Art Museum curated by Daniell Cornell.

Famous image from the Backyard Oasis Exhibition in 2012

The Kaufmann House always has and always will make a beguiling backdrop for fashion shoots.  Here it is featured in a recent J.Crew catalog.

A beautiful shot of a poolside party in 1970 by Slim Aarons.

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