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The man who gave Palm Springs its signature style -- and proved all his critics wrong

The man who gave Palm Springs its signature style -- and proved all his critics wrong

You may not recognize William Krisel's name, but you know his iconic Palm Springs Midcentury Modernist houses. Open to their surroundings and light on the landscape, their broad butterfly, flat or pitched roofs set atop courses of clerestory windows seem to float. Well understanding that these homes were about a casual, outdoor lifestyle, Krisel used every opportunity to direct the eye up and out to views of mountains, pool, palms and brilliant blue sky.

If Modernism defined the midcentury residential world of Palm Springs, then Krisel's work defined Palm Springs residential Modernism.

His exuberant designs for vacation homes, some with flaring...

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