While all modern-style houses share a simplicity of design, with tall windows and flat, undecorated exteriors, there is one architectural aspect that Meiselman adored: "butterfly" roofs. Flat roofs are often characteristic of modern houses, but Meiselman loved to sharply angle roofs with a center crease lower than the edges. To some eyes, the effect is like an enormous rectangular butterfly perched on the house, hence the unusual name.
Other decorative features of Meiselmans include large glass walls that provide an unobstructed view both of the swimming pool outside and the gorgeous Palm Springs scenery. Meiselman was also fond of making both functional and decorative exterior walls out of meticulously-designed concrete bricks. Such walls are not only beautiful to look at, but also allow breezes to pass through and provide shade as well. Lastly, Meiselman homes were all originally installed with central heating and air conditioning, a very rare commodity in 1959.
Rarer in number, and perhaps not immediately distinguishable from the masses of modern-style houses in Palm Springs, Meiselmans are still classic examples of this extremely popular style. Though originally part of a mass-market trend for affordable houses, these bungalows became much better known for the celebrities who adored them as week-end getaway locales. So, while the name "Jack Meiselman" may not be the first thing to come to mind when you think about Palm Springs, don't forget the man who had a helping hand in making the city as iconic as it has become.
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