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Palm Springs modernist icon by E Stewart Williams lists for $3.35m

This Palm Springs property is a piece of classic mid-century modern design – created by the architect that shaped the city’s style.

Koerner House is an influential part of Palm Springs’ architectural history, designed in 1955 as a rare private commission for E Stewart Williams.

Koerner House by E Stewart Williams in Palm Springs
Photography: Dan Chavkin

The American architect designed several significant homes across the Coachella Valley, including a house for Frank Sinatra – who liked Williams’ Twin Palms design so much he abandoned his original request for a Georgian-style mansion. Other major projects include the Palm Springs Desert Museum, and Coachella Savings and Loan.

Koerner House by E Stewart Williams in Palm Springs
© J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10). Photography: Julius Shulman

E Stewart Williams’ low-lying post and beam house – on the market with Erbe + Blackham for $3.35m – is lined with glass walls that look out onto the nearby Mount San Jacinto. Faithfully maintained by its current owners, the 4,200 sq m mid-century modern design still has several period details including teak panelling, clerestory windows and a stone fireplace.

Koerner House by E Stewart Williams in Palm Springs
Photography: Dan Chavkin

If some of its features look familiar that may be because the house played a starring role in the 2006 film Alpha Dog, when a kidnapped teenager is imprisoned inside the home.

As well as its many original elements, the Palm Springs property – designed as a winter desert retreat for its first owners – has some unusual features, including an indoor garden, a separate Japanese teahouse, and shuffleboard courts. Koerner House’s one-acre grounds were designed by the office of Eckbo, Dean, Royston and Williams, and have cactus gardens and boulder beds, a swimming pool and spacious grassy lawns.

Koerner House by E Stewart Williams in Palm Springs
Photography: Dan Chavkin

It’s the first time the house has been listed in two decades, and is one of several important Palm Springs properties to hit the market in recent years – including Elvis’s honeymoon pad and John Lautner’s Diamonds Are Forever home.

Koerner House by E Stewart Williams in Palm Springs
© J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10). Photography: Julius Shulman

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Emma is an editor and writer who contributes to Dezeen, Grafik and Creative Review

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