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John and Bessie Macy Residence Tour

The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation will host a tour of the John & Bessie Macy Residence designed in 1959 by modernist architect Hugh M. Kaptur. $30 (30 min)
Category: @Palm Springs, Self-guided, Tour (Exterior), Tour (Interior)

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Recently designated a Class 1 Historic Site by the city of Palm Springs, the John & Bessie Macy Residence (1959) was a speculative venture by local developer Axel Werner Hogback using an inspired design by modernist architect Hugh M. Kaptur. One of the most sublime examples of Desert Modernism in the Deepwell neighborhood, the floorplan is a relatively modest 2,093 square feet in size. Kaptur’s stunning post and beam construction deftly blurs the indoor-outdoor transition creating an airy and open environment. Other modernist elements include a flat roof, wood frame structure clad in sand finish stucco, extensive amounts of glazing, and slumpstone masonry units. The roof has deep cantilevered overhangs on both the east and west facades that shade the expansive amount of west-facing glazing from the sun and a thin fascia that gives the home a strong horizontal appearance.

Architect Hugh Kaptur is scheduled to attend the event and Palm Springs Preservation Foundation board member Steven Keylon, the author of PSPF’s recent book, The Modern Architecture of Hugh Michael Kaptur, will be on hand to answer questions.

The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to educate and promote public awareness of the importance of preserving the historical resources and architecture of the city of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley area.” PSPF offers free membership as a public benefit.

To learn more about the work of the foundation see



Things to Know

To avoid confusion, and as a courtesy to other tour goers, please arrive at your designated tour time.
No children or pets and no smoking please.
Restrooms are not available for tour use.
Interior photography is permitted for personal use.
Please be respectful of the neighborhood and do not park in front of mail boxes or driveways.
This event is for ages 18 and older.
The organizer of this event is Palm Springs Preservation Foundation.

Event Check-in Location

1577 South Calle Marcus, Palm Springs, CA 92264

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Photo Credits: Ketchum Photography, Mood Creative, Ketchum Photography



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