Miles Bates House in Palm Desert
City of Palm Desert May Allow Destruction of an Iconic Walter S White
Merilee Colton of the Palm Desert Historical Society advised us that the Walter S White wave-roof home built for Miles Bates in 1954-55, on Santa Rosa Way in Palm Desert is in danger of demolition. The City of Palm Desert, in preparation of disposing of its ownership has had it appraised at a value not much more that its land. The condition of this home is reportedly poor, but restorable. The concern is that the land will be sold without regard to the building and it will be torn down for new construction.
We contacted Professor Volker M. Welter, who has published White’s work, of UC Santa Barbara that holds his archive. Professor Welter gave a presentation on White and his work at Modernism Week, 2016
Here are excerpts from his reply to Ms. Colton, also addressed to us. Continue reading “Iconic Miles Bates house in Palm Desert in Danger of Destruction”