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Historic Palm Springs modern by E. Stewart Williams asks $4.2M

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Built in 1954, it was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places

This 1954 gem from masterful Southern California modernist E. Stewart Williams is looking for its third owner. Added to the National Register of Historic Places last year, the Palm Springs house was built for movie theater and tomato farm owner William Edris and his wife Marjorie. (Later, it was purchased by architect and Palm Springs City Councilmember J.R. Roberts.)

Friends of Williams, the couple gave the architect complete artistic freedom in designing the home and no budget limitations. The result is an impressive wood, stone, and glass residence both playfully showy and at one with its surroundings. As Roberts notes in a video about the house, Williams designed the home to look “as if it grew out of the ground rather than falling out of the sky.”

Primarily known for his famous Coachella Valley bank buildings (and Frank Sinatra’s snazzy desert home), Williams did not accept a great deal of commissions to build private residences, making this house a bit of a rarity.

Featuring three bedrooms and three baths, the 2,700-square-foot residence includes walls of glass, sloping ceilings, a large stone fireplace, and a sleekly geometric pool. Asking price is $4.2 million.