Walter S White’s seminal Wave House gets a refurb in Palm Desert

It’s now available to rent

It’s not too long ago the Walter S White-designed Wave House was facing an uncertain future, but its fortunes have changed for the better following a top-to-toe restoration by Stayner Architects – which sees it open to the public for the first time.

The Miles C Bates House was commissioned by the playboy artist near Palm Springs and completed in 1955, but it’s better known as the ‘Desert Wave’ because of its ‘rollercoaster’ roofline. Its curvilinear design appears to mimic the rise and fall of the Santa Rosa Mountains in the distance.

After years of neglect and a dozen owners, the City of Palm Desert auctioned the property off during 2018 Modernism Week, and it was snapped up by father-and-son firm Stayner Architects for $360,000.

Gil and Christian Stanyer have returned the one-bedroom home to White’s vision, restoring its patented roof and original floorplan and bringing back its glamorous midcentury aesthetic. They debuted it at Palm Springs Modernism Week last week, and the 827 sq ft midcentury property will be available to rent from March.

Walter S White’s seminal Wave House gets a refurb in Palm Desert
Photography: Tim Hirschmann
Walter S White’s seminal Wave House gets a refurb in Palm Desert
Photography: Tim Hirschmann
Walter S White’s seminal Wave House gets a refurb in Palm Desert
Photography: Tim Hirschmann
Walter S White’s seminal Wave House gets a refurb in Palm Desert
Photography: Tim Hirschmann

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