Auction of the SAVE THE WAVE House: A Bid to Preserve History

Event Starts: Sat , Feb 24, 2018 , 02:00pm PST

Event Ends: Sat , Feb 24, 2018 , 03:00pm PST

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Event Description
Here is your opportunity to own a unique piece of Modernism history, when the extraordinary Miles C. Bates House (1954-55) in Palm Desert is sold at auction. Designed by famed mid-century architect Walter S. White, this spirited structure features a unique wave-shaped roof sailing over concrete block and glass walls, a bathroom whose projecting glass shower opens to a private garden, and an open floor plan built for entertaining. Walter S. White (1917 - 2002) was an innovative architect, engineer, and inventor who was fascinated by the challenge of building livable spaces amidst the desert's stark beauty. Working in the 1950s, White designed structures featuring his much-imitated butterfly and parabolic roofs as well as the cantilevered corner windows he pioneered.

An inspiring collaboration between a talented architect and an unconventional playboy artist, the Miles C. Bates house still stands at 73697 Santa Rosa Way, but years of neglect have taken a toll. Fortunately, the changes wrought by time and some ill-conceived additions have not completely erased White's vision. The iconic roof remains, waiting to be restored by a new owner with the passion to save this exceptional work of modern architecture. And you would not be alone in this effort! The City of Palm Desert and the Historical Society of Palm Desert are interested in partnering with a buyer who would like to restore the Bates House, in the form of a rebate up to $50,000 to offset the first $100,000 of restoration and rehabilitation costs.

Place a bid and Save the Wave House! To learn more about the auction, including how to register, please visit

Event Restrictions

Doors to the UCR-Palm Desert Auditorium open at 1:30 PM

RSVP is requested.

After ticketed RSVP guests have been seated, open seats will be available on a first come basis.

Presentation will be approx. 50 minutes.

Presented by the City of Palm Desert and the Historical Society of Palm Desert