Theodore & Claire Morse Residence ( 1961, Palmer & Krisel)
Vista Las Palmas Neighborhood
This home, part of the Alexander tract designed by the firm of Palmer & Krisel, was built in 1961. Theodore and Claire Morse commissioned renowned Los Angeles architect Harold “Hal” Levitt to glamorize and expand the home, turning it into a Hollywood- style “entertainment residence.” It features distinctive characteristics that make up the modernist style, including overall horizontality, a combination flat and low- pitched roof, large eaves to block the desert sun and indooroutdoor flow. Custom lifetime materials such as terrazzo, stone, huge glass sliding pocket doors, custom wood paneling and a swim- up bar are all intact today. As an important example of a modern structure, the private residence exhibits numerous stylistic markers that place it within the historic context of Palm Springs’ modern period and is considered by many to have the best pool and bar entertainment combo in Palm Springs. Currently owned by Joan and Gary Gand, the home features all vintage furnishings, accessories and art, including a collection of Alexander Girard environmental panels. The residence will be open for tours during Modernism Week.