Walter Annenberg Residence, “Sunnylands” ( 1963– 1966, A. Quincy Jones)
37977 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage
Billionaire philanthropist and Ambassador Walter Annenberg and his wife, Leonore, asked A. Quincy Jones, the master of Southern California modernism, to design their Rancho Mirage retreat. The result was a 25,000- square- foot main house with 22 guest rooms and three cottages. The house is quintessentially Jones’s style with the exception of the Mayan roof, requested by the Annenbergs. It features a spacious floorplan with open rooms on a single floor and vast stretches of glass walls offering views of the pool, the golf course, and the San Jacinto Mountains. William Haines and Ted Graber designed the majority of the furniture in the house including long, low, cream linen sofas featuring “biscuit“tufting, exquisite trapunto relief patterns and pale- blue floral embroidery and dark- brown lacquered coffee tables that display rare Chinese and European antiques. Now managed by a foundation, tours of this iconic structure are some of the most popular during Modernism Week and usually sell out almost immediately.