Kaufmann Desert House

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Kaufmann Desert House
Location
470 West Vista Chino
Palm Springs, CA 92262
United States
33° 50' 42.5184" N, 116° 33' 10.7928" W
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Identity of Building / Site
Primary classification: Residential (RES)
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History of Building/Site
Original Brief:

The building was commissioned by Edgar J. Kaufmann Sr, the Philadelphia department store owner who had commissioned Wright to building Fallingwater about a decade earlier. The home served the Kaufmann family as a winter residence.

Dates: Commission / Completion:Commission unknown, completion 1946(e), restoration 1994-1998(e).
Architectural and other Designer(s): Richard J. Neutra, architect
Others associated with Building/Site: Marmol & Radziner, Santa Monica, California, architects for restoration
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Current Use: The house is currently owned by Brent Harris.
Current Condition: Excellent
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Widely regarded by historians as one of Richard Neutra's masterworks, the Kaufmann Desert House was commissioned by patron Edgar Kaufmann as his winter residence. The dramatic low pinwhaeel structure appears as a series of floating planes with a focus on true inside/outside living. This is facilitated by large retractable steel and glass doors and outdoor radiant concrete pads.
Documentation
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Authoring
Recorder/Date: Brent Harris, November 2, 1998
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