The Sunmor Model Home was designed by the architectural firm of Wexler & Harrison in 1955. Constructed by talented builder Robert “Bob” Higgins, the structure was the first of eleven modernist tract homes eventually realized in Sunmor Estates. The Higgins-built homes are notable for the quality of their construction and they blend seamlessly with the Alexander Construction Company homes (“Alexanders”) built around them just a few years later. Builder Bob Higgins holds a special place in Palm Springs’ architectural history having been responsible for the construction of many of the city’s most notable modernist structures including the L’Horizon Hotel and the Kirk Douglas Residence.
On January 30, 2020 the Palm Springs city council voted unanimously (5-0) to approve the Class 1 Historic Resource designation of the Sunmor Model Home. Susan Secoy Jensen (PSPF advisor and author of the nomination) spoke on behalf of the nomination.
On November 12, 2019 the city’s Historic Site Preservation Board voted unanimously (7-0) to recommend to city council approval of the Class 1 Historic Resource designation of the Sunmor Model Home. PSPF advisor and nomination author Susan Secoy Jensen made public comment in support of the nomination.
On August 6, 2019 the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation (acting as agent for the owner) submitted the 47-page Class 1 Historic Site nomination for the Sunmor Model Home to the Palm Springs Historic Site Preservation Board.
In March of 2019, the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation board of directors assigned the task of writing the Class 1 Historic Site nomination of the Sunmor Model Home to PSPF board advisor Susan Secoy Jensen.