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Iconic Mid-Century Kaufmann House For Sale In Palm Springs

The Kaufmann Desert House (Sotheby's)
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The iconic Kaufmann Desert House in Palm Springs is for sale. Designed by Richard Neutra in the 1940s, the architectural landmark is listed for $25 million.

Ron Radziner of the firm Marmol Radziner was commissioned by the current owners for the 1998 interior restoration and outdoor landscape design. The home had been doubled in size, he said, which buried much of the original aesthetic. He and his team spent 10 months researching the initial design plans to recreate what they could.

“Although there weren’t too many drawings, there [was] a lot of correspondence between Neutra and the client, Edgar Kaufmann,” Radziner said. “Lots of specification information. And then the other terrific resource was the photographer Julius Shulman.”

The architects slowly peeled back additions to the home to restore its original beauty.

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Radziner says the outdoor area and pool added during the restoration were designed to compliment the desert mountain landscape and not draw attention away from the original architecture.