Enjoy a rare opportunity to tour the Dr. Hugh Stephens Residence, a private home designed in 1949 by the architectural firm of Clark & Frey. A Palm Springs Class 1 Historic Site, the residence is an early modernist gem in a south Palm Springs neighborhood known for its estate-sized lots. The residence features many elements of midcentury design including walls of glass, a low-pitched combination flat-and-shed roof, concrete masonry walls and a striking copper fireplace hood. The house plan includes one of the first family rooms as chronicled in a 1955 House Beautiful article. The event will include a brief poolside talk about the history of the house and a self-guided tour of the homes interior. Each tourgoer will receive a copy of the popular 74-page PSPF publication Architecture 100 which includes an entry on the Stephens Residence. Proceeds to benefit the Friends of the Palm Springs Library.
Architect John Porter Clark (1905-1991) first partnered with Albert Frey (1903-1998) from 1935-1937 and again from 1939-1957. Both Clark and Frey had long and prolific careers in Palm Springs designing residential, commercial and civic buildings.
The Friends of the Palm Springs Library is a non-profit organization established in 1971 that supports the Library through the purchase of books, movies, music, furnishings and electronic equipment by advocating for funding, gifts and memorials. The Friends raise awareness about the library and are the link between the Library and the community. The Friends support programs that encourage reading, culture and the arts as well as volunteer-based activities to support our greater community. https://www.friendsofthepalmspringslibrary.org
The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation (PSPF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and promote public awareness of the importance of preserving the historical resources and architecture of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley area. http://www.pspreservationfoundation.org