Feb 24, 2017
The fantastic House of Tomorrow, designed for the 1933-34 Century of Progress World’s Fair in Chicago, needs to be restored and a Palm Springs Modernism tour of two classic midcentury residences with Chicago connections is just the perfect way to get involved!
The first is a cool, 1960s custom home built as a vacation get-away for the Morses, a Chicago couple relocated to Los Angeles. Famed architect to the stars, Harold “Hal” Levitt, re-imagined a William Krisel designed home as the ultimate party house. The white rock exterior with terrazzo sidewalks just hints at surprises inside. Terrazzo flows into the sunken living room, where the swimming pool comes in from outside to a swim-up bar and disappearing glass walls. With Vista Las Palmas neighbors such as Debbie Reynolds and Rat Packers Dean Martin and Peter Lawford, this home was hands down the neighborhood’s go-to party pad.
The second residence is the exquisite Leff/Florsheim house designed in 1957 by Donald Wexler AIA for Harold Florsheim, of Florsheim Shoes in Chicago. It has been meticulously restored, adding in conveniences for modern living. The home features floating walls, terrazzo flooring and floor-to-ceiling glass walls and atriums that reveal intimate garden vignettes, with ever-present mountain vistas. “This is quintessential Palm Springs. Not only is it elegant and sophisticated but also romantic.” – Photographer Julius Shulman. Tour presented by Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond www.chicagobauhausbeyond.org
Proceeds benefit the House of Tomorrow Restoration Project, a partnership between the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Indiana Landmarks.
Private residences are not wheelchair accessible. Please no pets, food, drink or smoking allowed in the homes. Photography is at the discretion of the homeowner. This event is produced by Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond. For more information please visit: www.chicagobauhausbeyond.org.