The event headquarters and concluding cocktail reception took place at The Desert Club, a 1949 landmark by famed Los Angeles architect William Kesling. Eventually eclipsed by the late-60s construction of the de Anza Country Club, this structure sat unused and in a state of disrepair until quite recently, when it was purchased and restored. While sporting a few odd design quirks (including a bathroom with two open-air toilets side by side), the facility offered beautiful views of the surrounding valley and incorporated open space and glass quite effectively.
Our second stop was the 1959 de Anza Fairway Cottage #11, one of several cottages designed around the de Anza Desert Country Club by Richard Zerbe. These structures were difficult to appreciate from the outside, well-hidden by landscaping and design, but the grounds were quite pretty, and the connectedness of the multiple cottages were a pleasant departure from the typical suburban format.
My favorite exterior actually came courtesy of the 1959 Borrego Golf Club Estates home, the work of William Krisel and Hal Martinez. Recently restored to the original design, this lovely little home is currently being used as a "play house" for two Southern Californians, both of whom were present during the tour and offered friendly conversation. The back outdoor area offered a nice transition between the landscaped pool and a wilder desert vegetation plot.
After a long day under the desert sun, we headed back to the Palms for a quick swim and preparation for the evening cocktail reception.