Sunnylands, one of the Palm Springs area’s special gifts, welcomes President Obama and President Xi Jinping this weekend for a casual summit.
President Obama is the first president to visit The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands. The estate was long a getaway for presidents during the Annenberg’s lifetime, where they created an atmosphere of relaxation, contemplation and camaraderie for their guests. Since the passing of the Annenbergs, Sunnylands has been restored and reopened as The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, a retreat center for leaders to meet, negotiate and make progress on the important issues of the day. Walter and Leonore Annenberg wanted the important work created in the intimacy of Sunnylands to endure and continue past their lifetimes and have given this desert gift to the American people.
A Sunnylands Field Trip
Where the Sun Shines Bright on Design even on the cloudiest of days.
This winter the Paul Kaplan Group and friends took a modernism field trip to Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage. Just opened this year for tours of the estate and grounds, our group had a wonderful day filled with architecture, art, history, gardens and a great lunch at the Center’s cafe.
It was a rare gray and cloudy day in our desert but Sunnylands’ mid-century design allowed the homes’ interiors to be bathed in natural light with panoramic views of the clouds hugging the mountains beyond.
Modernism at Sunnylands
Designed by architect A. Quincy Jones in the 1960′s Sunnylands was built as a vacation retreat for Ambassadors Walter and Leonore Annenberg. The home, a mid-century modern pink-roofed pavilion, hovers above the pool, golf course and landscape beyond. Its wide overhangs protect the home from direct sun and create large covered terraces for outdoor living. Long walls of glass frame the cactus and rose gardens. The home’s large open spaces, lava rock walls, high coffered ceilings, custom designed mid-century furniture, window treatments and upholstery all succeed in highlighting not only the incredible views but also the Annenberg’s art collection rather than competing with it. And what a collection it is from Impressionist and Post Impressionist paintings, to sculpture, to Chinese cloisonné, to Steuben glass and much more. This is an elegant but casual desert home.
The Sunnylands estate is open for tours of the home and its grounds. Tickets may be purchased online. The adjacent Sunnylands Center is free and open to the public Thursdays through Sundays, September through June. The Center has changing exhibits, a cafe, a beautiful 9 acre desert garden planted to resemble an Impressionist painting and is the location for the many events sponsored by the Sunnylands Center. Tickets for the home tour will go on sale again August 15. Check their website for upcoming events or like the Center’s Facebook page for more info on happenings at Sunnylands.
Come back often and we’ll share other Paul Kaplan Group field trips.
For more homes by A. Quincy Jones’ in Palm Springs, see Stylish Mid-Century Palm Springs Condo, a Treasure by A. Quincy Jones and this gorgeous home too.
For more information on architectural properties in the Palm Springs area call Paul at 760-459-1396 or visit us online at PaulKaplanGroup.com