You could get $50,000 to restore Walter White’s Wave house


The midcentury modern home at 73697 Santa Rosa Way in Palm Desert will be auctioned off in February. (Photo by Laura Orozco)

The midcentury modern home at 73697 Santa Rosa Way in Palm Desert will be auctioned off in February. (Photo by Laura Orozco)

The midcentury modern home at 73697 Santa Rosa Way in Palm Desert will be auctioned off in February. (Photo courtesy of Museum of Art, Design and Architecture, UC Santa Barbara, Regents of the University of California)

The midcentury modern home at 73697 Santa Rosa Way in Palm Desert will be auctioned off in February. (Photo courtesy of Museum of Art, Design and Architecture, UC Santa Barbara, Regents of the University of California)

The midcentury modern home at 73697 Santa Rosa Way in Palm Desert will be auctioned off in February. (Photo courtesy of Museum of Art, Design and Architecture, UC Santa Barbara, Regents of the University of California)

A close up look at the dowel roof. The midcentury modern home at 73697 Santa Rosa Way in Palm Desert will be auctioned off in February. (Photo courtesy of Museum of Art, Design and Architecture, UC Santa Barbara, Regents of the University of California)

The midcentury modern home at 73697 Santa Rosa Way in Palm Desert will be auctioned off in February. (Photo courtesy of Museum of Art, Design and Architecture, UC Santa Barbara, Regents of the University of California)

The midcentury modern home at 73697 Santa Rosa Way in Palm Desert will be auctioned off in February. (Photo by Laura Orozco)

The midcentury modern home at 73697 Santa Rosa Way in Palm Desert will be auctioned off in February. (Photo courtesy of Museum of Art, Design and Architecture, UC Santa Barbara, Regents of the University of California)

The midcentury modern home at 73697 Santa Rosa Way in Palm Desert will be auctioned off in February. (Photo courtesy of Museum of Art, Design and Architecture, UC Santa Barbara, Regents of the University of California)

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Lovers of midcentury modern architecture are hoping to save the Wave.

The iconic Palm Desert home with a swooping roof will be auctioned off in February, and the city of Palm Desert is offering up to $50,000 in matching funds to someone willing to buy and restore it.

The city and the Historical Society of Palm Desert call the home at 73697 Santa Rosa Way “an important example of Palm Desert’s midcentury modern architectural heritage.”

City officials are hoping the deteriorated, 1,900-square-foot house, designed by celebrated architect Walter S. White in 1955, will be bought by someone interested in preserving it. That’s the only way a buyer can get the $50,000.

But by law, the city is required to sell the home to the highest bidder. So anyone could buy the house, demolish it and build something else. That’s the fear of those who want to see the home brought back to its original form.

An application to add the home to the National Register of Historic Places is pending.

Meanwhile, anyone interested will be able to tour the home on Feb. 17-18 during Modernism Week, an annual event in the Palm Springs area celebrating midcentury architecture and design.

The auction is scheduled for 2 p.m. Feb. 24 …read more

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