Sunnylands: America's Midcentury Masterpiece, Revised and Expanded Edition

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The definitive story of the most ambitious and glamorous midcentury-modern house in the United States--Sunnylands, the estate of Walter and Leonore Annenberg, in Rancho Mirage, California--now revised and expanded


In Palm Springs, the mecca of midcentury-modern architecture, Sunnylands is the undisputed masterpiece. With its pastel green and yellow interior and giddy pink roof, it was a Versailles for the Space Age. There is no other house like it anywhere: designed by one of California's most important architects, A. Quincy Jones, it possesses the only completely preserved interior by Hollywood's decorator-to-the-stars, William Haines. Completed in 1966, Sunnylands was built by media moguls Walter and Leonore Annenberg, and became a seat of power where presidents, movie stars, and corporate leaders met, relaxed, and ran the world--with nobody watching. To mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of Sunnylands to the public, this revised edition adds 32 pages of new photography of the now-mature 15 acres of contemplative gardens by Jim Burnett; a new LEED Platinum building by o2 Architecture of Palm Springs with 17 acres of breathtaking net-zero-water-use landscaping, not open to the public and only accessible here; and art installations created for the world-renowned Desert X festival. Lavishly illustrated, this book is a must-have for fans of midcentury design.


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