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The Edris House
The Edris House, built in 1954, was truly a labor of love.
E. Stewart Williams, who was one of the deserts pioneer modernist architects was best known at that time for designing and building a home for Frank Sinatra. The truth was that Stew didn't much like designing homes and only designed a hand full including the one that was not built for Bob Hope. Bob Hope favored John Lautner’s "Turtle" shape that we see on Southridge today. Stew far preferred doing commercial work because it "paid better and wasn't so emotional." Marjorie and William Edris lived next to Stew and his wife Mari in an apartment duplex designed by Stew. The foursome became quick and close friends which later inspired the Edris couple to commission their first home.
Mr. Edris owned hotels in Washington state and other real estate holdings but the couple wanted their own custom home set on their spectacular view lot in Little Tuscany. Stew was given complete design freedom, no budget and carefully considered how his clients lived down to measuring their existing clothing, determining how much hanging space they would need. ( the home has ample closet space )
Upon completion, the home was reviewed as "chicken coup design" by one reviewer but was an instant hit with most that saw it.
William and Marjorie Edris were originally from Washington State. William Edris was an attorney who invested in movie theaters and tomato farms. The Edris family owned homes in Hayden lake Idaho (possibly designed by E. Stewart Williams) Manhattan, New York, and the Penthouse in the Roosevelt Hotel in Seattle, Washington.
William and Marjorie Edris purchased their lot in Little Tuscany Estates, in 1953 and commissioned their good friend E. Stewart Williams to build their Palm Springs home.
The two couples remained very close throughout their lives and Stew enjoyed great memories attending many dinners, events and cocktail parties in the home of his good friends
E. Stewart Williams and Marjorie Edris remained close friends for the rest of their lives.