Emerson Stewart Williams (aka E. Stewart Williams), FAIA (1909–2005) was a prolific architect whose distinctive midcentury modernist buildings significantly shaped architectural landscape and legacy of Palm Springs.
The Koerner House, built in 1955, is of post and beam construction with a shed roof, deep overhangs and large expanses of floor to ceiling windows and sliding glass doors that bath the house in abundant light. The celebrated Los Angeles-based firm of Eckbo, Royston and Williams designed the property’s landscaping, much of which remains extant.
The Koerner Residence received the Palm Springs Modern Committee’s 2016 Residential Preservation Award for the dedication the current owners have shown in preserving this excellent example of Williams’ work. Further, PS ModCom’s founding president and architectural historian, Peter Moruzzi, recently submitted the residence, along with 11 other properties, to be included on the National Register of Historic Places, the highest recognition of an architect’s work in the country.
This tour offers a unique opportunity to visit one of the iconic designs of this legendary architect.
The Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS ModCom) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of Desert Modern architecture and design. We accomplish this through education, advocacy for threatened buildings, promotion of heritage tourism and the celebration of successes in preservation and adaptive reuse. For more information, please visit www.psmodcom.org