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Palm Springs City Hall

Check out influential design elements in the heart of downtown

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The plaque outside this concrete stunner reads like a Dream Team of mid-century modern design: Swiss-born master Albert Frey, E. Stewart Williams, Robson Chambers, and John Porter Clark all had a hand in creating the building’s signature style. One of the most influential elements was the creation of a screen wall at the front of the building. Made of metal tubing cut at angles and stacked in rows, the wall acts as a visually arresting shield against the desert region’s intense morning sun. This type of screen became a popular feature repeated on countless buildings and homes in the region. Another eye-catching element is the portico overhang with its large central opening that allows a handful of palms to grow through.

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