For its size and secluded location, the town showcases a surprising collection of noteworthy midcentury modern architecture.
The less-known side of Borrego Springs is its sporadic but worthy display of midcentury modern architecture, dotting the wide streets and set behind the gates of a 1950s country club. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that the main thoroughfare is a namesake of the one in Palm Springs.
As far as modernism goes, Borrego is a diamond in the rough, albeit a small diamond. It was highly developed during the 1950s and ’60s, leaving behind some shining relics of those eras. My interest in uncovering more of its midcentury bones has drawn me back several times. A friend, who for years owned one of the Wexler steel houses, originally told me about it. I’m not sure I believed him until I saw it for myself, and I can attest: There’s some good stuff here.
Like Palm Springs, Borrego Springs is host to a select group of modernist architects whose designs of homes and commercial buildings are associated with the region. Most notably is Julian, California–based architect Richard Zerbe, whose architectural imprint can be seen throughout town. At the sleepy golfer’s paradise that is de Anza Country Club, founded in 1957, many of Zerbe’s homes enjoy views of the fairway by day and an endless window into dark-sky constellations at night.
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Credit: PalmSpringsLife.com, Back to Borrego Springs-A photographer gets hooked on an oft-forgotten modern landscape, DAN CHAVKIN NOVEMBER 1, 2018 HOME & DESIGN, REAL ESTATE
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