The Wexler House
SOLD, The Wexler House by Donald Wexler
1955, 1960, 2008
Palm Springs, California
Few architects have imbued a community with as much design spirit as has Donald Wexler for the community of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley from the middle of the last century to the beginning of the 21st. One of the first impressions of this spirit was the house he designed for himself in 1955, expanding it in 1960 and restoring it in 2008. This restoration he considered to be the final evolution of his aesthetic.
A privacy wall surrounds the house and the newly landscaped grounds by William Kopelk. The pedestrian gate opens to reveal a house gem-like transparency of floor to ceiling glass walls and wide overhangs, all engendered by the post and beam construction. Taking cues from his mentor, Richard Neutra, Wexler “pinwheels” the floor plan so rooms open readily to the many terraces and salt-water pool. Mr Wexler could be found consulting and designing alongside the owners with painstaking attention to quality and detail to complete the restoration for well over a year into the process.
Open living and dining room, a kitchen modernized with stainless steel appliances, library nook, three bedrooms, two baths, car port. Terrazzo and T111 panels crisply unify the whole while creating intimate spaces. Elegant mater suite is thoughtfully separated from the guest wing which opens to private outdoor spaces flanked by spectacular mature pine trees and the original Wexler spa. Profoundly sophisticated yet relaxing and private. Architectural and design aficionados will approve.
Julius Shulman remarked in 2006, “This house demonstrates how design works today fifty years later . . . It’s magnificent, nothing has changed, nothing HAS to be changed.”