The Kramer Residence, by noted architectural designer James McNaughton, was constructed in 1963. McNaughton not only knew the technical aspects of architecture but the theatrics of it in a way few others did. To him, all houses were stage sets in which their occupants lived out their lives. A rare desert interpretation of New Formalism, the elegant residence features verticality, monumentality (on a residential scale) and symmetry in plan.
On January 9, 2020 the Palm Springs city council voted unanimously (5-0) to approve the Class 1 Historic Resource designation of the Allan & Mildred Kramer Residence. Steve Vaught (author of the nomination) attended the council meeting.
On July 9, 2019 the city’s Historic Site Preservation Board voted unanimously (7-0) to recommend to city council approval of the Class 1 Historic Site designation of the Allan & Mildred Kramer Residence. PSPF member and nomination author Steve Vaught made public comment in support of the nomination.
On March 20, 2019 the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation (acting as agent for the owner) submitted the 61-page Class 1 Historic Site nomination for the Kramer Residence to the Palm Springs Historic Site Preservation Board.
In January of 2019, the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation board of directors assigned the task of writing the Class 1 Historic Site nomination of the Kramer Residence to Steve Vaught.