Designed in 1946 by Robson Chambers, the house remained his personal residence throughout his rise to prominence as one of the desert’s “master” architects. Chambers made additions to the home in 1950 and 1956 to accommodate his family’s growing needs. The home’s innovative design was recognized on both a regional and national scale in newspapers and magazines as well as being chosen by Architectural Record to appear in its 1954 book, A Treasury of Contemporary Houses.
On October 15, 2022, the Chambers Residence was featured in a PSPF home tour. Tourgoers were uniformly positive about the quality of the home’s recent rehabilitation and many commented on the “calm and Zen-like atmosphere” of the interior. Tourgoers were treated to an eight-page informational handout about the house.
On September 29, 2022, the Palm Springs city council unanimously (5-0) approved (without debate) the Class 1 Historic Resource designation of the Chambers Residence.
On May 4, 2022 the city’s Historic Site Preservation Board voted enthusiastically and unanimously (6-0) to recommend to city council approval of the Class 1 Historic Resource designation of the Robson & Helen Chambers Residence. The HSPB commended Vaught for his well-researched and detailed nomination, and the owners for their sensitive restoration and stewardship.
On November 10, 2021, the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation (acting as agent for the owner) submitted the 60-page Class 1 Historic Resource nomination for the Robson & Helen Chambers Residence to the city of Palm Springs.
In June of 2021, the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation board of directors assigned the task of writing the Class 1 Historic Resource nomination for the Robson & Helen Chambers Residence to PSPF board advisor Steve Vaught.