Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage was the winter home of former US Ambassadors, entrepreneurs and philanthropists Walter and Lenore Annenberg.
Designed by iconic Southern California architect A. Quincy Jones, the 22,500 square foot Mid Century Modern home, completed in 1966, served as an unofficial center for world leaders, US presidents, politicians and celebrities, who were frequent guests of the Annenbergs for more than 40 years.
Situated in the middle of 200 acres of landscaped grounds and a private golf course, all surrounded by pink block walls, anticipation of seeing the magnificent Aztec-inspired glass and stone estate builds as you drive up the winding road to the summit. Continue reading “The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands Is a Time Capsule of Past and Future”
Tennis Club Pool Part of Palm Springs Art Museum Symposium November 21; Sunnylands Undergoing Restoration as Art and Education Center
The Palm Springs Art Museum at www.psmuseum.org, is sponsoring a two-day education event, Backyard Oasis Symposium: The Swimming Pool In Southern California Photography, 1945-1980, Nov. 20 and 21. A tour of significant Palm Springs pools on the second day of the symposium concludes with a reception at the A. Quincy Jones-designed Tennis Club pool.
The event is sponsored by the museum’s Architecture and Design Council, but is open to the public. Cost is $125 for non members. For information, contact Brooke DeVenney at (760) 322-4818 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 1947, Jones and associate Paul R. Williams collaborated to redesign the Tennis Club, then owned by Palm Springs pioneer Pearl McCallum McManus. Initially, the project was to renovate and expand club’s kitchen, swimming pool and tennis courts. But it grew to include creating a new dining room — the Bougainvillea Room which is literally carved out of the mountain’s rock face –as well as a snack bar, cocktail lounge and terraces for outdoor dining and relaxing. Continue reading “Tennis Club and Sunnylands – Architect A. Quincy Jones Work Continues Relevant in This Century”