The Grace Miller House, aka the Mensendieck House, was built in 1937 for St. Louis socialite Grace Lewis Miller. She was a teacher of the Mensendieck method of Functional Exercises and planned to build a house/studio where she hoped to interest Hollywood types in the program. Mrs. Miller asked Richard Neutra to be the architect. A lengthy correspondence with him followed, exchanging over 50 letters, discussing in great detail her daily routine and habits so that her new home would indeed be her house. It was a small house, built on a budget of only $5000, and it was the first of 3 residences Neutra designed in the Palm Springs area. But the venture ultimately failed and after Mrs. Miller sold it in the late ‘40s it deteriorated.
In 2000 when the owner bought the property, it was so dilapidated and uninhabitable that no bank would give a loan. Word got out of a new and sympathetic owner. Julius Shulman donated a complete set of photographs and Stephen Leet, in the midst of authoring a monograph on the house, donated a set of original plans. From these plans and photographs, the owner restored the house and even built an addition that Neutra had designed in 1938 but never constructed.
Now, 82 years later, the joint vision of Richard Neutra and Grace Miller is complete. This is a unique opportunity to tour the house and support having it placed in the National Register Historic Places.
All funds raised from ticket sales will support the cost of an architectural historian to research and author a nomination application for the NRHP.
$65 - National Register Supporter Level, $100 - First-In VIP Ticket includes Additional Tour Time and Meet The Owner
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Proceeds Support National Register of Historic Places nomination.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.
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Photo Credits: Grace Miller House exterior, Palm Springs, CA, 1937. Architect Richard J. Neutra, Photographer Julius Shulman © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)., Grace Miller House interior, Palm Springs, CA, 1937. Architect Richard J. Neutra, Photographer Julius Shulman © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10), Pre-renovation Photograph c2001 Courtesy of C.Meyler, Pre-renovation Photograph c2001 Courtesy of C. Meyler, Grace Miller House Contemporary Image, James Schnepf, Photographer, Grace Miller House Contemporary Image, James Schnepf, Photographer