Al Beadle House
Lance O'Donnell House

Tour two new architectural masterpieces in Palm Springs’ last hillside development.

Set lightly into the natural terrain of what is likely the last hillside development in Palm Springs, The Chino Canyon Project represents the mindful neighboring of old and new.

Two architectural homes, one based on a never-constructed plan by late midcentury modern architect Al Beadle; the other by esteemed Palm Springs architect Lance O’Donnell, exemplify the very best of midcentury and contemporary modern architecture in Palm Springs. The Chino Canyon alluvial fan with its boulder-strewn landscape and 360 degree views of the San Jacinto, Santa Rosa and Chocolate mountains in three alternating directions and long vistas of the valley floor stretching as far as the Salton Sea, provides a stunning environment for the site-specific high modern homes. O’Donnell has designed a resource-efficient split level structure from resilient, inorganic building materials, with a cutting edge solar energy system and architecture that optimizes, sun, shade, rainwater, and desert breezes. Within walking distance is Beadle’s design, a two story structure based on plans unearthed from the late architect’s Phoenix-based estate. The home’s minimized footprint preserves the site’s natural hillside setting, and the second level hovers, seemingly defying gravity.

The homes debut during Modernism Week February 16-26, 2017 providing an opportunity for tour goers to be among the first to view these fresh examples of forward-thinking desert modernism.

Images courtesy of o2 Architecture

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Chino Canyon Project was last modified: April 28th, 2017 by Todd May