George Alexander is a household name in Palm Springs, CA—in more ways than one. Along with his son, Robert Alexander, he founded the
George Alexander is a household name in Palm Springs, CA—in more ways than one. Along with his son, Robert Alexander, he founded the Alexander Construction Company, which built over 2,000 homes in the Coachella Valley from 1955 to 1965.
When you chat up local architects or history buffs, they’ll often point to the Vista Las Palmas neighborhood. That’s where Alexander built many homes designed by Don Palmer and William Krisel of Palmer & Krisel (known for their A-frame “Swiss Misses”) and Charles DuBois (celebrated for his butterfly-roof design).
However, what makes this particular three-bedroom, two-bath ranch unique is Alexander’s signature on the knotty-pine ceiling in one of the bedrooms.
On the market for $1,695,000 and built in 1959, the 2,000-square-foot home has had the same owner since 1997, says listing agent Shaun Waters of Berkshire Hathaway HomeService. The current owner purchased the place for $220,000 a couple of decades ago.
As for the penmanship on the ceiling?
Waters explains that typically, when the architects signed the wood, as a note to the builders, it was going to be used on a temporary basis.
In this case, the knotty pine, complete with the builder’s autograph, remains intact on the ceiling in the master bedroom.