Desert Modernism Heroes - Walter White
Written by Katy Carrier
The Paul Kaplan Group is grateful for the architects who have helped shape the “Desert Modernism” movement in Palm Springs.
Walter S. White, 1917-2002, designed a number of innovative properties in the Coachella Valley during the 1940s and ‘50s. Nearly 50 homes in Palm Desert alone have been attributed to White, and he maintained an office there near the corner of Highway 111 and Cabrillo Avenue.
White became known for creating unique roofs and even patented a method for constructing curved roofs using dowels, allowing for a change in the curvature of the roof.
Miles Bates house
The Miles Bates house in Palm Desert, built in 1955, features a wave-like curved roof,…