MID-CENTURY ROMANCE – THE HOME OF LUCILLE BALL AND DESI ARNAZ
In 1954, Ball and Arnaz moved their family into the informal ranch home Williams designed for them. The house, on a lot Desi reputedly won in a poker game, was located near the 17th fairway of the Thunderbird Country Club and was the first residence completed in the club’s development. The 4,400 square foot house had six bedrooms, a swimming pool (images 4 and 5) and a lanai- type signature Williams’ space (images 6, 7, 8) that combined and expanded the use of interior and exterior areas. Williams’ use of glass walls (image 9) to separate the patio from the living and dining rooms allowed views from each of those rooms of the nearby desert and mountains. Stone and light colors gave the interior a contemporary style and the natural setting seems to both surround and define the structure.