Atomic Ranch

Pete Siva/ Russell House ( 1959, Hugh Kaptur)


660 Palisades Drive, Palm Springs

This 1959 hillside perch, embedded in the hills above Palm Springs, is one of the few homes on the exclusive Palisades Drive. Designed by modernist Hugh Kaptur, the two bedroom/ two bathroom post- and- beam home features a panoramic 180- degree view of Palm Springs’ cityscape. Conceived as a “spec” house and built by Joe Pawling, some of the noted residents have included tribal leader Edmund Peter “Pete” Siva and Douglas Russell. Expansive floor- to- ceiling windows and sliding- glass doors wrap around the living room area and allow access to the spacious outdoor terraces. Albert Frey later added the property’s infinity pool ( claimed to be the first in the desert) and designed the awnings. Rarely open to the public, this house has been made available to Modernism Week in the past to use as a venue for parties.

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