Walter S. White: Inventions in Midcentury Architecture

Event Date: 

Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 12:00am to Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 12:00am

Event Date Details: 

Opening reception September 25, 2015, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

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The Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara is pleased to present the first exhibition to examine the work of an ingenious inventor, builder, and architect, Walter S. White (1917-2002).

White’s designs for the Coachella Valley desert cities of Palm Desert, Indio, La Quinta, and Palm Springs in the 1940s and 1950s addressed the extreme climate with thrilling, expressionistic forms that took inspiration from the natural landscape, while proposing new, ecologically sensitive, and inexpensive construction methods. White’s inventive roof designs—he received a patent for his All Steel Hypar roof and wood roof construction methods—make his desert projects especially distinctive. His roofs swoop and curve to match the forms of the mountains in the distance, while providing protection for their inhabitants.

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AD&A Museum News: 

The Walter White designed Miles Bates House (Palm Desert, 1955) was successfully auctioned during Modernism Week in February 2018, and will be restored by the new owners, Stayner Architects, Los Angeles. The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places earlier this year.

The Bates House was featured in the Museum's 2015 exhibition and catalog, 
Walter S. White: Inventions in Mid-Century Architecture.