The Koerner House, 1955 | E. Stewart Williams, FAIA
Designed by renowned architect E. Stewart Williams, FAIA, 1955. Landscape design by the Office of Eckbo, Dean, Royston, and Williams. This private sprawling property is one of Palm Springs’s most architecturally significant, mid-century modern estates. Sited on a 4-parcel, almost 1-acre, flat street-to-street lot, this magnificent post and beam with walls of glass has unobstructed mountain views and sprawling private grounds. The entry greets visitors with a fountain that spills into a palm sheltered pond. Sandstone walkways flow from the exterior into the approximately 4,200 sqft interior. The large L-shaped estate looks out out to a large pool, expansive grassy lawns; several ponds and fountains; a tea house; botanical cactus gardens; native boulder beds; citrus trees; a shuffleboard court; built-in outdoor seating, fireplace and barbecue. The interior features Williams’ iconic architectural details, including natural teak wood paneling; built-in cabinetry, credenzas, and vanities; wood ceilings; slumpstone walls and fireplace; clerestory windows; board-and-batten redwood siding; and original fixtures. The estate includes 4-ensuite bedrooms and baths, plus maids quarters or office with bath; large living and dining rooms; a sunroom; open kitchen; and an interior pond and atrium. Setback from the street, this extremely private one level property has sliders with outdoor access, solar panels, and mountain views from every room. Williams, whose distinct mid-century modern style significantly shaped the Coachella Valley’s architectural landscape, designed several significant midcentury properties including the Frank Sinatra House (1947); the Edris House (1954); the Santa Fe Savings and Loan (1960), now the Palm Springs Museum Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion; and Palm Springs Desert Museum (1976).
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Koerner house and architect have been featured in several books and publications including E. Stewart Williams, Architect, An Eloquent Modernist; Vogue; Marie Claire, as well as films including, The Nature of Modernism, E. Stewart Williams, Architect; and Alpha Dog by Nick Cassavetes, starring Justin Timberlake.