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George F. & Marcia Barrett Residence (aka William Holden Estate) Class 1 Historic Site - 1323 S. Driftwood Drive

George F. & Marcia Barrett ResidenceGeorge F. & Marcia Barrett Residence

The Barrett Residence was constructed in 1955 by master builder Joe Pawling. Pawling later gained local prominence by designing the 1956 "House of Tomorrow" at 295 Hermosa Place (demolished in 2000). The Barretts, a prominent Illinois family, were philanthropists and socialites known for their lavish Oriental-themed parties. Internationally-renowned film actor William Holden owned the Barrett Residence from September of 1966 to March of 1977. The modernist Barrett Residence, located in Deep Well Estates, is notable for its one-acre "through-lot," its walls of glass, and its strong post-and-beam construction.

On November 2, 2017 the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation (acting as agent for the owners) submitted the 43-page Class 1 Historic Site nomination for the Barrett Residence to the Palm Springs Historic Site Preservation Board.

In April of 2017, the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation board of directors assigned the task of writing the Class 1 Historic Site nomination of the Barrett Residence (1955, master builder Joe Pawling) to board members Ron and Barbara Marshall.

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