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Miles C. Bates House Project Team
Christian Stayner – Stayner Architects
Kevin O’Donnell – O’Donnell Brothers Construction
– The Cactus Store
The Miles C. Bates House
The The Miles C. Bates House is the winner of a 2020 Preservation Design Award for Rehabilitation. Award recipients are selected by a jury of top professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, planning, and history, as well as renowned architecture critics and journalists. The Award will be presented on Wednesday, October 22, 2020 at an online awards ceremony. Tickets and sponsorship options are available at californiapreservation.org/awards.
About this project
The Miles C. Bates “Wave”House was designed in 1954, completed in 1955, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2018. After its completion, a series of additions overtook the legibility of the Bates House’s dramatic wave-like roofline, and a number of years during which the house was unoccupied threatened its structural and material integrity. Stayner Architects purchased the house from the city of Palm Desert in order to save the unique mid century structure from destruction and to repurpose it to a new event and hospitality business. Through a meticulous, two year-long effort, the firm restored the innovative, patented roof system and emblematic mid-century structure and reactivated the property as a publicly-accessible amenity.