Palm Springs; the name alone makes me eager to hear more. I was there a few years ago and was amazed and excited by some of the best architecture ever. It’s heydays were the years the Rat Pack setting up shop there. They commissioned renowned architects like Albert Frey, Raymond Loewy or Richard Neutra to design their weekend retreats. But a true gem that recently hit the market suggests the 60’s saw some exiting design too.
Rotating desert home
It was built by Floyd D’Angelo. Owner of the Aluminum Skylight and Specialty Corporation. For the design D’Angelo partnered up with his friend, aerospace engineer Henry Conrey. The house was built as a vacation home, and to showcase some of the products manufactured by D’Angelo’s company. It looks terribly dated inside, and lacks the usual 60’s flair. But it’s a rare find. the realtor claims it’s just one a very few fully rotating homes ever built.
It’s yours for $279,000.
Inside the rotating home
OK, i’m going to toot my own horn here. (if my blog’s title homevoyeurs didn’t get flagged as spam, that will).
On a recent trip to California, I got camera high from all the remarkable and photogenic places, buildings, people and scenery. I must have shot about a 1000 pictures. I couldn’t turn a corner without going ooh or aah and clicking away at the sight of another ‘typical American street’ or ‘great example of a 60’s ratpack bungalow’. But it would not stop there. I photographed my lunches, my feet poolside, humming birds, Yosemite’s bridal falls from all angles possible and legal and don’t forget neon lights or street ads. And seals, or were they sea lions? Or both?
A few of these pictures, I would like to share here. As this is a blog about homes, architecture and design I’m going to keep it to that. So no worries, I won’t be sharing pictures of supersized pizza’s or feet with flip flop tan lines.
Mojave Liquor store
San Diego liquor store
San Francisco motel
Disney Opera Los Angeles
Bombay Beach trailer