Preservation Mirage presents a rare opportunity to see William Cody’s 1950s transition from his early California ranch architecture to the midcentury style that made him a star. Located in Rancho Mirage’s prestigious Thunderbird Country Club, these two houses tell the tale of Cody’s rise from young protégé of Cliff May to becoming an innovator of modern residential designs that blended indoor and outdoor living.
In the early 1950s Cody was commissioned to develop what was then Thunderbird “Guest Ranch” into a world-class golf resort that attracted celebrities, politicians and titans of industry. His work made him the architect of choice for country clubs from Scottsdale to Havana, but it’s his residential designs that showcase his love for desert living.
Separated by just 250 feet, the Hinkle and Jorgensen-Mavis residences are a study in contrasts: Western Ranch versus midcentury Modern. Both homes are in remarkable original condition. The Hinkle house features a built-in piano, wet-bar and vibrantly tiled bathrooms. Only the kitchen has been redesigned. The Mavis family has meticulously cared for their home since the mid 1950s, including replicating upholstery fabrics from the period.
Catherine Cody Nemirovsky will be on hand to greet guests and answer questions about her father’s iconic designs along with author Adele Cygelman, who featured the Jorgensen/Mavis house in her book ‘Palm Springs Modern’, author and local historian Melissa Riche of Preservation Mirage, as well as members of the Mavis family.
Proceeds from this tour will support the efforts of Preservation Mirage.
Things to Know
Please arrive 15 minutes before tour time to check-in.
Enter parking lot for check-in at traffic light, then drive away from library to dirt parking lot at far end.
Guests will be transported via shuttles to Thunderbird Country Club.
This event is for ages 12 and older.
Photography is at the discretion of the homeowner.
Private homes are not wheelchair accessible.
There are interior and exterior steps.
Please no pets, food or smoking allowed in homes.
Bathrooms in homes are not available.
The organizer of this event is Preservation Mirage.
Event Check-in Location
Event location will be printed on the ticket.
Photo Credits: Jim Riche
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