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House Tour: Midcentury Thunderbird Country Club Showstopper!

Never before open to tour, the recently restored ‘Stainton House’ on the fairway of the Thunderbird Country Club was built in 1961 and is a textbook example of midcentury modern architecture. $35 (30 min)
Category: !Tickets Still Available, @Rancho Mirage, Self-guided, Tour (Exterior), Tour (Interior)

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Constructed in 1961 and located on the fairway of the Thunderbird Country Club, the Stainton House, is a textbook example of midcentury modern architecture. The front entry and facade of the home feature large flat overhangs, decorative concrete block screen walls and the use of circular motifs throughout. The interior carries the circular theme inside with a round dining room, round mitered glass windows with corresponding round soffit. A semicircular hallway leads to the kitchen and family room. Large floor to ceiling windows frame the view to the oval swimming pool and the fairway beyond. The home has just undergone an extensive restoration and remodel featuring decor choices that reflect the essence of the architecture. 

Based on research and corresponding data it is believed that this home was designed by architect Howard Lapham (1914-2008), unfortunately that cannot unequivocally be stated as fact since the drawings for the house don’t exist in any archive, nor were they in the house. The home was originally built for Eric Stainton, who at the time was the President of Thunderbird Country Club, and he had recently hired Howard Lapham to redesign its clubhouse. It is well documented that Lapham designed other homes at Thunderbird and contemporary newspaper articles link Lapham to the Stainton home. Lapham was also the only architect on the guest list of the Stainton’s housewarming party to celebrate the home. For these reasons, Melissa Riche, who assisted the current owners with this initial research, attributes the home’s design to Mr. Lapham. Ms. Riche is the author of Mod Mirage, a book on the history of the architecture of Rancho Mirage, and she is the founding president of Preservation Mirage, the local historic preservation organization and will be on site talking with attendees at the house.


Things to Know

Check-in will begin 15 min. prior, no early admittance.
No Smoking.
No pets allowed.
No food or drink will be allowed inside the home.
This event is for ages 12 and older.
Parking is on the street, self-parking and is limited.
Photography is permitted for personal use only.
Eight tour times will be offered, the tour time limit will be 30 minutes.
The organizer of this event is Friends of the Palm Springs Library

Event Check-in Location

Event location will be printed on ticket.


Photo Credits: Glenn Lindermer


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