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25 T R O P I C M A G A Z I N E DEFINING THE DESERT Text John T. O'Connor Photos Patrick Ketchum IN THE APRIL ISSUE OF TROPIC, we reported on a newly restored, 1954 beauty by Walter S. White outside of Palm Springs, California. Known locally as the "Wave House" due to its undulating roofline, it marked the architect's first experimentation with a roof made from a series of dowels and biconcave elements, allowing it to curve any way the designer wished. As a follow up on that, we bring you the architect's Alexander House, built in 1956 at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains in Palm Springs. This house, too acted as a showcase for White's work, proving him not only to be a cutting edge architect, but a prescient inventor as well. White, who involved himself intimately in the construction process of many of the homes he architecture + design Walter S. White's 1956 Alexander House

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