On Sunday night, Modernism Week will take center stage in Rancho Mirage for the Swan House — a roomy, newly remodeled Thunderbird Heights estate with mysterious provenance. The estate features clean lines and clerestory windows in the international style, and inside, it’s riddled with accent wallpaper and tile.

Just three years ago, however, appraisers suggested tearing it down.

“I really think we saved this house,” said Howard Hawkes, one of the co-owners of H3K Design, which bought the house out of foreclosure in 2012 and started restoring it this spring. “When we were getting our financing, one of the appraisers who came here told us that the house wasn’t worth saving... But we saw its potential.”

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The mid-century home boasts signature Palm Springs style in a total (H3K Design) remodel of a structure built by the original Alexander Construction Company. All-white interiors complemented by pops of color reflect the modernized update of the renovation. Extra details such as a kitchen countertop that appears to be floating in space and a globe-shaped vent over the stove add character to the house. Original details of the 1958 home, including exposed beams, tongue and groove joints and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, pay homage to its historical connection to old Palm Springs architecture.

by Dominique Fong, The Desert Sun
July 17, 2014

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