Photography: Tim Hirschmann

Midcentury modernist fans can make a virtual pilgrimage to Palm Springs icon Wave House following its top-to-toe restoration by Los Angeles practice Stayner Architects.

The father-son practice acquired the Walter White-designed property (also known as The Miles C Bates Residence after its original artist owner) at auction during Palm Springs Modernism Week 2018 from the City of Palm Desert for $360,000.

Photography: Tim Hirschmann

It was in rough shape, having gone through a dozen owners over the decades without maintenance that left the landmarked property at risk.

Gil and Christian Stanyer returned the one-bedroom home to White’s 1954 vision, restoring its patented ‘rollercoaster’ roof and midcentury aesthetic. They debuted The Wave House at Palm Springs Modernism Week and it’s been available to rent since March 2020.

Photography: Tim Hirschmann

On 25 June 2020 the architects will be teaming up with The 20th Century Society on a panel discussion and tour of the building, as well as Walter S White architectural historian Volker Welter. If you can’t make it to the event, then take a virtual tour at your own pace on the modernist property’s website.

Photography: Tim Hirschmann
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