AKA: Kocher, Dr. J.J., House and Office, Palm Springs, CA

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings

Designers: Kocher and Frey, Architects (firm); Albert Frey (architect); A. Lawrence Kocher (architect)

Dates: constructed 1934

2 stories

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766 North Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262-5511

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Building History

The Kocher-Samson Building was designed as a multi-purpose dwelling and office for the brother of A. Lawrence Kocher, Dr. J.J. Kocher; A. Lawrence Kocher, a New York architect and managing editor of the influential magazine, Architectural Record, was also Frey's partner c. 1930-1935. Using Kocher's influence, the two advocated International Style building techniques through the Architectural Record and other periodicals.

Building Notes

This development featured an office suite on the first floor with a small residential unit on the second. The commercial space consisted of two offices located on either side of an external corridor; on one end of the corridor, stood a large reception area. A spiral staircase, a la Le Corbusier, led from the first to second floors. Above, Kocher and Frey laid out one large living room with small kitchen, dining, and bath areas lining its periphery. A large living terrace projected on the cool north side of the living room.


This structure has been significantly altered from its original design.

Palm Springs Historic Site (Class 1 historic site designation): ID n/a

PCAD id: 2295