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Atomic Ranch

Spring 2021

Glean from homeowners, designers, builders and architects as they share their expert insight on the style. Their stories of house hunting and renovation are sure to inspire.

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United States
Engaged Media
4 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
a love letter to the place i call home

The Palm Springs issue truly has a special spot in my heart. I’ve been a full-time resident in the area for five years now, and I’m inspired every single day by the incredible nature and architecture right outside my door. Sure, I marvel at the iconic custom-built homes that we all know, like the House of Tomorrow and the Kaufmann House, but what really means the most to me are the architectural treasures found in our everyday public spaces. Perusing books at the Palm Springs library is also a chance to be inside a William F. Cody building. Escaping to the cooler temps in the San Jacinto Mountains via the Aerial Tramway showcases the designs of Albert Frey, Robson Chambers and E. Stewart Williams along the way. For the fifth year,…

1 min.
keep tabs on us

World Architecture: Bosjes Chapel Built on a South African vineyard, this chapel’s undulating silhouette is only the beginning. Learn more about the design and inspiration of this stunning chapel. An Undersung Woman of Firsts Beverly Loraine Greene in her 41 years of life was very accomplished—including designing the UNESCO United Nations Headquarters building in Paris—and is the first known female African American architect. On the Market This historic-status 1962 home on 10 acres of Spokane lakefront is on the market. Which means we get to take a peek inside this sprawling Mid Century Modern gem! The Vintage Pivot An eye for design, a pandemic and the need for new furniture combined to form the vintage shop Curated Haus. Follow us online on Facebook , Pinterest and Instagram daily! LOOK FOR THIS THROUGHOUT THE ISSUE TO SEE WHAT EXTRA CONTENT…

4 min.
vibrant vibes

Mid century love at first sight! Robert and Jaymi Gottfried knew right away that this was the house for them, though they understood just as quickly the work it would take to bring the 1965 low-gable home back to its mid century glory. “The minute we saw it, we knew we had to preserve all the wonderful original features that Don Wexler incorporated into this design and the Alexanders built so well,” they say. Since purchasing the home in late 2017, the couple has taken great care to do just that. Their home had had just one previous owner and was feeling its age, particularly in the kitchen. “It felt so dark,” they say. “The kitchen hadn’t ever been remodeled, with the exception of the flooring, but hadn’t been maintained either. The…

9 min.
a krisel creation

Tucked into the vibrant and picturesque Twin Palms neighborhood in sunny Palm Springs, this 1957 home was built by the Alexander Construction Company and designed by visionary and architect William Krisel. Over the years, the home had fallen into neglect and was in need of some work. When realtor, Twin Palms neighborhood resident, author and Krisel expert Chris Menrad saw the home on the market in late 2011, he envisioned an opportunity to honor the home’s original design while giving it a refresh. Chris collaborated with friend J.R. Roberts—board member of the Palm Springs Modern Committee and well-known in the area for his preservation and restoration work—on the restoration and renovation of the home, consulting with original architect William Krisel himself for the project. MID CENTURY HAVEN The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home is…

3 min.
the lasting legacy of smart design

From tract home developments and well-planned condominiums to lavish custom-built houses, William Krisel’s work can be seen in more than 40,000 living units, with 1,500 of those structures in Palm Springs and Palm Desert. His impact on the area, and in Mid Century Modern design, is undeniable. In William Krisel’s Palm Springs: The Language of Modernism, editors Chris Menrad and Heidi Creighton—who chat with us about the renovation of Heidi’s own Krisel home in the previous pages—examine Krisel’s history, philosophy and works in an extensive chronicle of his 60-year career. MENTORS AND PARTNERSHIPS Driven to pursue architecture from a young age, Krisel began studying at the USC School of Architecture in 1941. Though his studies were interrupted by World War II, he finished his degree while gaining valuable insights from his mentors…

6 min.
bringing it back

The home had strong bones but was in need of more than a little TLC when Rod and Cindra Stolk first toured it nearly 20 years ago. “The home was in a condition of extreme disrepair,” they say. The 1947 house had not been properly maintained and was not in original condition, with multiple changes and add-ons throughout the years. The home’s Palm Springs neighborhood—the historic Tahquitz River Estates—was in a similar state when the Stolks purchased their home in 2003. In the years since, both the home and neighborhood have been revitalized. “Our neighborhood has gone through a tremendous amount of ‘upgrade’ over the past 17 years; there are now many beautiful refurbished/reimagined homes in our neighborhood,” the couple says. “We are in good company with many other homeowners who have…