LOST ARCHITECTURE

Although the 2002 demolition of the Maslon House by Richard Neutra made national headlines, the destruction of midcentury homes in Rancho Mirage began in earnest in the 1980s and 1990s, when bigger was better; when midcentury ‘ desert’ modern architecture was not appreciated or recognized for what it was: the archetypal design style.  This era did much to harm the architectural legacy of Rancho Mirage in both quantity and quality.  But we continue to lose homes to aggressive remodeling as well as demolition.  The most recent high-profile demolition was the Hyatt von Dehn mansion in Thunderbird Heights in 2020, while other midcentury homes, particularly in private, gated communities, are under threat by new owners who value size and sleekness over quintessential midcentury architecture.

CHART HOUSE

Architect:
Kendrick Bangs Kellogg
Location: 
69-934 Hwy 111
Year Built:
1978
Year Lost:
2013
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HYATT VON DEHN RESIDENCE

Architect:
Howard Lapham
Location: 
Thunderbird Heights
Year Built:
1961
Year Lost:
2020
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CHRISTIE HOUSE

Architect:
Thunderbird Country Club
Location: 
E. Stewart Williams
Year Built:
1955
Year Lost:
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MASLON RESIDENCE

Architect:
Richard Neutra
Location: 
Tamarisk Country Club
Year Built:
1962
Year Lost:
2013
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KARAHADIAN RESIDENCE

Architect:
William F. Cody
Location: 
Tamarisk Country Club
Year Built:
1955
Year Lost:
2020
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BING CROSBY HOUSE

Architect:
Unknown
Location: 
Thunderbird Heights
Year Built:
1952
Year Lost:
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71785 SAHARA ROAD

Architect:
Van Pelt & Lind
Location: 
Magnesia Falls Cove
Year Built:
1937
Year Lost:
2002
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MELAMED HOUSE

Architect:
William F. Cody
Location: 
Tamarisk Country Club
Year Built:
1961
Year Lost:
1980s
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NICOLETTI RESIDENCE

Architect:
William F. Cody
Location: 
Thunderbird Heights
Year Built:
1961
Year Lost:
1990s
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CLARKE SWANSON RESIDENCE

Architect:
Unknown
Location: 
Thunderbird Country Club
Year Built:
1954
Year Lost:
Remodeled over decades
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FRANK BELCHER RESIDENCE

Architect:
William F. Cody
Location: 
Thunderbird Heights
Year Built:
1954
Year Lost:
1980s
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EMILY DE WARE HOUSE

Architect:
James Dolena
Location: 
Thunderbird Country Club
Year Built:
1953
Year Lost:
1990s
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MCCULLOCH PUSH BUTTON HOUSE

Architect:
Welton Becket
Location: 
Thunderbird Country Club
Year Built:
1956
Year Lost:
2002
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GEORGE WRIGHT RESIDENCE

Architect:
William F. Cody
Location: 
Thunderbird Country Club
Year Built:
1948
Year Lost:
1970s
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GEORGE CAMERON RESIDENCE

Architect:
William F. Cody
Location: 
Thunderbird Country Club
Year Built:
1954
Year Lost:
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