Inside Park Imperial South
Architect Barry Berkus’ over-50-year career started at his first completed design, Park Imperial South near Palm Canyon in Palm Springs. He designed the structure in 1960, when he was just 25, as a ’living resort’ adapted to desert life. The collection of 30 homes, each at 1,400 sq ft, shows off many elements of midcentury modern architecture, such as the sculptural concrete block walls, floor to ceiling windows and triangular clerestory windows. The folded roof was inspired by the peaks of the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa mountains.
Modernism Week presents an opportunity to explore inside to see the original interiors such as circular pendant light fixtures, Shoji screens and signature kitchen islands with angular turquoise stove exhaust hoods. Park Imperial South Home Tour, 15 February, Park Imperial South, 1786 South Araby Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264