Revitalizing a Desert Architectural Treasure

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Sunnylands, the Palm Springs estate of the late Leonore and Walter Annenberg, has hosted a great many dignitaries over the years as a retreat and summit site for world leaders, philanthropists and ambassadors. On March 1 it will re-open to the public after a dramatic restoration and expansion. The Palm Springs Art Museum's architecture and design curator Sidney Williams speaks about the significance of the original home, which was designed by modernist master A. Quincy Jones. Then architect Frederick Fisher details how his firm was tapped to restore the structure and build a new visitor's center—all while making the entire complex more sustainable and energy-efficient. Starting March 1, the estate is open to the public Thursdays through Sundays, and tours are available for $35 per person.

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The new visitor's center, designed by Frederick Fisher & Partners

Top image: The historic Sunnylands estate, designed by A. Quincy Jones



  • Sidney Williams - Curator of Architecture and Design, Palm Springs Art Museum
  • Frederick Fisher - Architect and Principal of Frederick Fisher and Partners