ISBN: 9780865654198

Publication date: 23 Feb 2023

Author: Lyle, Janice
The definitive story of the most ambitious and glamorous mid-century modern house in the United States—Sunnylands, the estate of Walter and Leonore Annenberg, in Rancho Mirage, California—now revised and expanded. Foreword by Michael S. Smith.
In Palm Springs, the mecca of mid-century modern architecture, Sunnylands is the undisputed masterpiece. With its pastel green and yellow interior and giddy pink roof, it was a Versailles for the Space Age. There is no other house like it anywhere: Designed by one of California’s most important architects, A. Quincy Jones, it possesses the only completely preserved interior by Hollywood’s decorator-to-the-stars, William Haines.
Completed in 1966, Sunnylands was built by media moguls Walter and Leonore Annenberg, and became a seat of power where presidents, movie stars, and corporate and world leaders—among them the Reagans, Queen Elizabeth II, Bob Hope, Truman Capote, Nelson Rockefeller, Oscar de la Renta, and more—met, relaxed, and ran the world, with nobody watching.
This revised edition of Sunnylands: America’s Mid-century Masterpiece from Janice Lyle, director of the estate’s center and gardens, adds 32 pages of photography of the now-mature 15 acres of contemplative gardens by Jim Burnett; a LEED Platinum building by o2 Architecture of Palm Springs with 17 acres of breathtaking net-zero-water-use landscaping, not open to the public and only accessible here; and art installations created for the world-renowned Desert X festival. Lavishly illustrated with photographs by Mark Davidson, this book is a must-have for fans of mid-century design.