Structure Type: built works - recreation areas and structures

Designers: Clark, John P. Architect (firm); John Porter Clark (architect)

Dates: [unspecified]

1 story

Palm Springs, CA

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The Woman's Club needed an auditorium space large enough to seat its 150 members (and more on some social occasions), a tea room, and rooms easily reconfigurable to suit changing needs. It had a tight budget of $12,000. Architect John Porter Clark (1905-1991) planned spaces to flow into one another, allowing them to be used for various purposes. Like most CA architects, Clark added living space (at low cost) by merging interior and exterior rooms. A large patio with an outdoor stage flowed into an internal lounge. Architectural Record said of the club house in its 08/1941 issue: "The centrally located sun room serves both its primary purpose as a lounge for informal gatherings and teas and as accommodation for audience overflow from either the inside auditorium or the walled-in patio." (See "Club House," Architectural Record, 08/1941, vol 30, no. 8, p. 52-53.) The warm desert climate enabled the building to have minimal platform frame construction, which also cut costs. It dated from c. 1940.

Both flat and hipped roofs covered the buildings, with most areas having wide overhangs to provide shade.

PCAD id: 17363