Palm Springs Preservation Foundation

Abe & Marion Schwartz Residence Class 1 Historic Site - 1999 South Joshua Tree Place

The Abe & Marion Schwartz Residence, constructed in 1964, has been expertly attributed to Hollywood architect Harold "Hal" Levitt. As an important and largely intact example of a custom modernist structure, the Schwartz Residence is a particularly "exuberant" example of the modernist aesthetic taking its design cues from a specialized geometric shape, the isosceles trapezoid. This shape is strongly expressed on the facade by coffered piers which alternate with the glazed openings of the facade. Overall this design, which cleverly couples a strong geometric shape with the luster and rough texture of the quartzite, conveys a sense of innovation.

On January 24, 2018 the Palm Springs city council unanimously approved (4-0) the Class 1 Historic Site designation of the Schwartz Residence. PSPF board member Barbara Marshall made public comment in support of the nomination calling the Schwartz Residence "an exuberant example of the city's mid century architecture." City council members kindly lauded PSPF on the nomination and council member Kors commented that it was "a joy to read."

On November 14, 2017 the city's Historic Site Preservation Board voted unanimously to recommend to city council approval of the Class 1 Historic Site designation of the Schwartz Residence.

On October 24, 2016 the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation (acting as agent for the owners) submitted the Class 1 Historic Site nomination for the Abe and Marion Schwartz Residence to the Palm Springs Historic Site Preservation Board. The 47-page nomination was prepared by PSPF board members Ron and Barbara Marshall.

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