Donald Wexler is one of Palm Springs most Iconic architects and one of the founders attributed to the Desert Modernism movement here in Palm Springs and southern California.
Wexler was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1926 and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota.He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1950and worked for Richard Neutra. He moved to Palm Springs in 1952 and practiced there for almost six decades, developing an architecture that is acutely sensitive to the extremes of the desert climate. In 1962, he designed the all-steel Alexander houses, along with the structural engineer Bernard Perlin for the developers George and Robert Alexander. His houses' framing, roofs and exterior siding are typically steel, with drywall interior siding. While he chose to keep his office small and limited his practice to the desert community, Wexler produced a body of work that included houses, schools, hotels, banks and the Palm Springs International Airport.
The following are The Paul Kaplan Group's three favorite picks of homes designed by Donald Wexler, currently on the market, all priced under $650,000.
ARCHITECT: Donald Wexler, FAIA Built in 1962 CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION $642,500
For the Mid-Century Modern Purist, this original Green Fairway Estates home has been fully restored for the perfect weekend home or full-time residence. Located on a prime corner of the 2nd & 11th greens Legend Course at Tahquitz Creek Golf. This vintage 1966 Wexler designed and Alexander built home has room to entertain or relax in its 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Features include new terrazzo tile throughout the living spaces, while the shag carpet covering the bedroom floors is a treat for the feet. All hardwood cabinetry in the kitchen and baths has been restored and the original cultured marble countertops still bear the Alexander name on the undersides. The exterior stone also makes an appearance inside and is the perfect backdrop to the original custom-design fireplace, which is a prominent focal point in the living room. Outside, the expansive wraparound yard brings a myriad of choices, with room to entertain, a beautiful pebble-tec salt pool & spa.
ARCHITECT: Donald Wexler FAIA Built 1960, Click Here for more information. $525,000
Amazing opportunity to own an original midcentury modern home designed by famous Palm Springs architect, Donald Wexler in El Rancho Vista Estates, featuring a "butterfly" roof line. This unique property boasts a spacious open floor plan, three bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus an enclosed family room area and studio space. An updated kitchen has quartz counters opening to the dining room. Outdoor space includes large swimmer's pool and fire pit, with plenty of lounging space. The home has numerous updates throughout. El Rancho Vista Estates is a vibrant community with a very strong & active Neighborhood Organization, which sponsors occasional social events, as well as home tours of this wonderful unique mid-century community.
ARCHITECT: Donald Wexler FAIA Click Here for More information $699,000
Steel Development House 6, Donald Wexler, architect 1962. He designed the all-steel Alexander houses, along with the structural engineer Bernard Perlin for the developers George and Robert Alexander. A sublime classic. 1411 square feet of authenticity. Steel, glass, and floating folded-plate roofline are hallmarks of the architect's ingenuity. City of Palm Springs Class 1 Historic Site. The present owners have painstakingly and lovingly restored the house to perfection. Don Wexler signed the house he approved so much! Don Wexler was a trailblazer designing striking rooflines on steel houses in the dessert. Today, these homes embody mid-century Palm Springs architecture. Extensively published.
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