Palm Springs celebrates mid-century modernism one house at a time

The Sandpiper, in Palm Desert, Calif., is architect William Krisel’s mega-complex of 306 condo-homes arranged around 18 swimming pools. It was built between 1958 and 1969. (John Trivisonno)I wish I had been writing this column in 1994, when Disney cut the ribbon at Celebration, a fully-planned, Florida “town” that looks and feels like the mythical place Walt himself had pined for most of his life.

Belief was so strong that Disney’s “Imagineers” could conjure up a real lifestyle by cherry-picking the best of architecture and urban planning from 1840 to 1940 (the same could be said of Seaside, Fla., which came first), there was a waiting list to buy in.

I wonder if, at the age I was then, 26, I would have celebrated Celebration. Probably, since I’ve always had a weak spot for nostalgia.

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