For the first time since its construction, this architectural master piece is on the market. Kendrick Bangs Kellogg designed it for Beverly Doolittle and her husband in the late eighties. They had bought a rocky hillside plot in desolate Joshua Tree National Park, and wanted something that blended in with its naked surroundings. That Kellogg succeeded might be proven by the fact that this home is relatively unknown. Maybe people never spotted it. The roof looks likes a large ribcage carved out of pebbles. The colour is a slightly duller hue than the red rocks it is surrounded with, but it almost looks as if it was shaped by nature.
Kendrick Bangs Kellog’s villain lair – pictures by TTK
It’s spectacular nonetheless. LA Curbed.com describes it as a supervillain lair, and it very well could be indeed! It can be yours for $3000.000. Check the original listing here.
Living room – pictures by TTK
Bedroom – pictures by TTK
The roof looks like a rock carved rib cage – pictures by TTK
Posted in Famous buildings and movie locations, Homes of the rich and famous, Unusual homes
Tagged 1980's, Architecture, Bev Doolittle, design, house, Joshua Tree, Kendrick Bangs Kellogg, LA Curbed, modern, ribcage, rocks
On a recent trip to California we stopped in the Rat Pack’s playground; Palm Springs. This desert oasis was an ideal escape for the stars to flee Lala land for the weekend. Also, Hollywood studio’s often had offices and lots in the desert and contracts required the stars to live within easy reach of their work. To avoid having to take the drive back and forth every week many stars decided to buy property there. In many cases commissioning famous architects like Albert Frey, Raymond Loewy or Richard Neutra to design lavish bungalows or retreats. At the same time, the US economy and post WW II optimism caused for Americans to take their shiny cars and exploring their country’s back routes. Palm Springs was a popular destination resulting in demand for affordable lodging. Many motels sprung up, and, along with many of the private homes built back then, are still there to see for todays visitor. This makes Palm Springs heaven for those admiring mid 20th century architecture.
While there I took a tour of some of the most stunning examples of architecture from this era.
Kendrick Bangs Kellogg's Chart House restaurant
Front of building
Palm Springs visitors center. Originally designed as a gas station by Albert Frey
Kaufmann house, designed by Richard Neutra
Royal Sun Inn hotel, architect unknown to me (anyone?)
Albert Frey's Palm Springs City Hall, detail