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The Bourne Estate

STYLE

Spanish Colonial

LOCATION

Palm Springs, CA

YEAR BUILT

1933

ARCHITECT

Wallace Neff

 

The Bourne Estate was originally built for Arthur K. Bourne, the heir to the Singer Sewing Machine empire. Wallace Neff, one of California’s most prominent architects, designed the estate as a rustic Spanish Colonial compound in 1933. The house has evolved over the past 85 years to become something much different than originally envisioned by Neff. The main house was originally built around 6,000 sq. ft. with 7 bedrooms and 5 baths. Over the years the house was expanded to over 9,000 square feet, hiding much of Neff’s original vision. The house was positioned on several acres of land to capture a rustic desert environment, but like the house itself, the land has been subdivided several times, and the original chauffer’s quarters and garage were sold off to become a separate private residence. Although the house has seen numerous modifications, upon closer inspection, one will find that Neff’s original design is still intact, complete with the original bathrooms, beamed ceilings, Spanish tiled fireplaces, the observation tower, and the incredible central courtyard plan that makes the house so special. The house was and is an excellent example of Neff’s vision for a desert retreat in Southern California’s Coachella Valley.

Bourne Estate  |  Wallace Neff  |  Palm Springs Spanish Colonial  | Photos by Cameron Carothers

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