Alexander Residence, Royal Desert Palms
Photo: Julius Shulman

William Krisel, AIA, principal of the firm of Palmer & Krisel (formed with Partner Dan Palmer), was born in 1924 in Shanghai of American parents working overseas for the U.S. State Department. Krisel lived in China until age 13, when his family returned to the US, where he attended Beverly Hills High. During World War II, Krisel was assigned to General Joe Stilwell as a Chinese interpreter. He attended USC for his degree in architecture. Krisel has also been a licensed landscape architect since 1954.

Designing more than 30,000 living units throughout Southern California, Krisel's career spanned over 51 years. A close personal friend of developer Bob Alexander and his family, Krisel came to the Desert at the request of Alexander to design a tract of modernist houses dubbed Royal Desert Palms (now known as Twin Palms for the pair of Palm trees that graced each of the homes). Other Palmer & Krisel projects include the Ocotillo Lodge, Las Palmas Estates (Vista Las Palmas), Racquet Club Estates and the Sandpiper condo complexes in Indian Wells and Palm Desert (which garnered an AIA merit award for Landscape Architecture). The "House of Tomorrow," conceived as an experiment in modern living, so impressed Alexander's wife Helene that they made it their personal residence. The house later gained fame as the honeymoon home of Elvis and Priscilla Presley.

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Ocotillo Lodge

Rendering: William Krisel, AIA

Royal Desert Palms (Twin Palms)
Photo: Julius Shulman

Las Palmas Estates (Vista Las Palmas)
Rendering: William Krisel, AIA

Racquet Club Road Estates

Photo: Julius Shulman

Sandpiper (condominium)

Collection: William Krisel, AIA

Silver Spur Riding Club (unbuilt)

Rendering: William Krisel, AIA

House of Tomorrow

Photo: Look Magazine

Grundt-Tipper House

Photo: William Krisel, AIA

Article on Palmer & Krisel on the Eichler Networks website written by Robert Imber

History of the Sandpiper Condo Complex in Palm Desert by Modcom member Jim West

Website focusing on the Raquet Club Road Estates Tract

Metropolis Magazine Article focusing on restored Alexander with landscaping by William Krisel

The Palm Springs Modern Committee

Contact: Peter Moruzzi

Website Designer & Editor: Michael Stern