Architect E Stewart Williams created one of the iconic modernist houses of Palm Springs for music legend Frank Sinatra. It became his home for many years to come and to mark California city’s Modernism Week, HEKKTA takes a tour around the famous Twin Palms.
Funny to think that Frank Sinatra initially requested a grand Georgian style house when he recruited E Stewart Williams to design his residence. A man with such style and class thought that an great big Georgian house plonked in the middle of a desert would look good! Fortunately he was wisely persuaded out of this idea and towards a design that was more modern, to fit in with it’s surroundings. The so called “desert modernism” was born with builds like Twin Palms. The whole house oozes elegance and style, fitting for all of the celebrity guests visitors.
It was 1947 when Frank Sinatra eyed the area to place his roots with his wife Nancy and asked for the house to completed in just a few months. It was Williams’ criteria that also shaped the build, as he had to keep it simple to finish it in time. It was also Williams’ first residential project, and considering his customers, he wasn’t going to mess it up! He used unconventional materials to create the low rectangular wings that surround the piano shaped pool and asked for over $150,000 for his troubles.
The house once completed became host to many a lavish party and it attracted other stars to follow in Sinatra’s footsteps and settle in Palm Springs. Celebrities such as Al Jolson, Jack Benny and Cary Grant decided to move to the area and so the Movie Colony was formed.
The house consists of four bedrooms and seven bathrooms, so not small by any stretch of imagination. The master bedroom even has it’s own wing! The focal point of the home is the huge swimming pool in the back and the veranda which connects to the outhouse, which also has it’s own kitchenette. Williams also incorporated a recording studio in the house, so if you’re a musician, you never have to leave!
It is the perfect holiday pad you might say. Fortunately, if you fancied it, you can book it for weddings, photoshoots, holidays and even dinner parties. That would be quite the location, if you fancy paying $2200 a night.