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.
Quite possibly the best value of Modernism Week, the ticket price includes an author-signed copy of the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation’s 152-page scholarly, softcover book, The Modern Architecture of Hugh Michael Kaptur, written by PSPF board member Steven Keylon (who will also be on hand to answer questions). Architect Hugh Kaptur is scheduled to attend.
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 pspreservationfoundation.org.
Things to Know
To avoid confusion, and as a courtesy to other tour goers, please arrive at your designated tour start 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 events 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
Photo Credits: Patrick Ketchum, Mood Creative
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