The Edris House (1954) was carefully designed and sited to blend with its desert environment.
Last weekend, I escaped the chill of the Northeast to travel to Palm Springs, Calif. for a friend’s wedding. My trip from NYC to Palm Springs followed the path of Don Draper in Season 2 of the AMC series Mad Men, when some drama unfolded in a great Modernist house in the desert. For a preservationist like me, the house was the star of that episode.
With its sleek interiors, bold buildings, and evolving fashions, the show has been credited with winning hearts and minds for Midcentury architecture and design. This is no small feat, when many folks have viewed buildings of that vintage as out-of-fashion and expendable. (See the loss of the facade of 2 Columbus Circle in New York.)
So with the season premiere of Mad Men today, April 7, we wanted to share an Instagram glimpse of Palm Springs, Don Draper’s desert dreamscape and Modernist Mecca.