Architect Donald Wexler: Dinah Shore House

The previous residence of Dinah Shore, designed by one my favorite Mid-Century architects, Donald Wexler, is/was for sale. The house was originally listed at $5,995,000, but appears to have been reduced to $5,495,000 and according to the agent's site, is currently in escrow. The home was designed for actress Dinah Shore by Wexler in 1963 and completed in 1965. It is located in the Old Los Palmas neighborhood of Palm Springs and features 7,000 Sq Ft of living space, 6 bedrooms, 7.5 baths, pool, tennis court and a detached gym. The above photos are via the listing agent's site created specifically for this home; check it out here.

 Donald Wexler pictured in front of his famous "folded" metal roof design. Image via Palm Springs Life.

American Architect Donald Wexler (b. 1926) was raised in Minneapolis, MN. After serving in the Navy during WWII, he entered the University of Minnesota to study Architecture on a GI Bill. Upon graduation in 1950, he relocated to Los Angeles where he briefly worked for architect Richard Neutra before moving to Palm Springs to work with William F. Cody. In 1952 he partnered with fellow architect Richard Harrison to form Wexler & Harrison. The firm became known for their pioneering designs that incorporated steel frame construction and prefab components. After Wexler and Harrison parted ways in 1961, Donald went on to form his own firm, Donald A. Associates in 1963.  He continued to design award winning structures including schools, public buildings, condos, tract houses, and custom homes until 2000 when he sold the firm. He currently resides in Palm Springs.

One of Wexler's most noted projects was for the Alexander Construction Company of Palm Springs, who contracted him to design a neighborhood of all-steel homes in the early 60's. Unfortunately, due to the increase in the cost of steel, only seven of the homes were ever built. Below is a clip from the documentary Journeyman Architect: The Life and Work of Donald Wexler, that features Donald and others talking about the Alexander Steel homes.

If you can't see the video click here.

For more information on Donald Wexler click here and here.

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