ball arnaz residence

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.

via Ball-Arnaz Residence – Palm Springs – Paul Revere Williams.

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  1. February 5, 2013

    Wow. So this beauty is in Arizona? Is that right?

    • February 5, 2013

      Scratch that. Palm Springs is in California. I saw Thunderbird Country Club and thought of the Arizona business school. Never mind. Do not hop aboard my crazy train of thought.

    • February 5, 2013

      Actually, it’s in the Palm Springs area… I don’t know why the Paul R. Williams site says Arizona, but he had a lot of houses to catalog!

  2. February 6, 2013

    Okay here is a funny story about Viv and Lucy and an afternoon at Lucy’s house.

    • February 6, 2013

      I love it! Thank you, Lanier!!!

  3. February 11, 2013

    Lovely video. Thanks.

  4. April 9, 2015

    Ads from the New Yorker of my youth: “A title on the door, rates a Bigelow on the floor”

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