While it’s most known as the place where Elvis and Priscilla Presley honeymooned in 1967, the House of Tomorrow in Palm Springs’ Vista Las Palmas neighborhood is a marvel for architecture fans all around the world. 

Designed in 1960 by architect William Krisel for Helene and Robert Alexander of Alexander Construction Company, the home featured a number of gizmos and gadgets of the time, including electronic controls to manipulate the indoor climate, lava rock walls and Jetson’s-style furniture. Its architecture is another thing to gawk at: The house design features four living spaces within four 12-sided polygons, or dodecagons. 

The House of Tomorrow, designed by architect William Krisel, is open for tours during Modernism Week in Palm Springs, Calif., Oct. 14, 2022.

But as the home changed ownership over six decades, wear and tear, poor upkeep and foreclosure struck. In December 2020, Seattle-based architects and investors Paul Armitstead and Dan Bridge purchased the home and set out to renovate and restore it. During Modernism Week – October, which runs through Sunday, the co-owners welcomed some of the first visitors since the restoration work was completed — and they got to see how the past and present collide. 

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