a house with a pool outside of a building: The mid-century home designed by TV set designer-turned-architect James H. McNaughton has four bedrooms, open-concept living space and walls of glass. (Photo by Mark Melnick)


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The mid-century home designed by TV set designer-turned-architect James H. McNaughton has four bedrooms, open-concept living space and walls of glass. (Photo by Mark Melnick)





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    A view of the great room. (Photo by Mark Melnick)



  • a room filled with furniture and a large window


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    The wet bar. (Photo by Mark Melnick)

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  • a kitchen with a large window


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    The kitchen. (Photo by Mark Melnick)



  • a living room next to a window


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    A view of the pool from the master bedroom. (Photo by Mark Melnick)



  • a garden with a mountain in the background


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    The house backs up to views of the Indian Canyons Golf Resort and Mount San Jacinto. (Photo by Mark Melnick)

A modernist home by early TV set designer-turned-architect James H. McNaughton has come to the market in Palm Spring’s Indian Canyons golf community.

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The asking price is $1.599 million.

Built in 1972, the 4,286-square-foot midcentury modern has four bedrooms, five bathrooms and lofty walls of glass that wrap around the pool area and offer views of Indian Canyons Golf Resort and Mount San Jacinto.

McNaughton, who died in 1979 at age 67, “secured his legacy as one of midcentury Palm Springs’ most talented and unusual designers, and today, there is a growing appreciation for both the quality of his designs and the character of the man behind them,” a Feb. 4, 2020 profile of the architectural designer in Palm Springs Life reads.

Although he held a degree in architecture, McNaughton first turned to TV production design.

His credits include four episodes of the live play series “The United States Steel Hour” that starred James Dean, Andy Griffith and other celebrities of the day.

The homes that later sprung from the imagination of McNaughton, also a skilled painter and muralist, are informed by the sound stage.

With its “dramatic double door entry,” the house on E. Murray Canyon Drive is no exception.

Interior features include limestone floors, circular skylights and three fireplaces, one in the expansive open-concept living, dining and family room. Another warms the master suite that’s outfitted with a coffee and wine bar, walk-in closet and spacious bathroom outfitted with a soaking tub, separate shower and his and her water closets.

A wet bar in the main living area of the house features a pass-through window to the pool area.

Kenyan marble graces the bar as well as the gourmet kitchen where appliances hide behind the cabinetry.

Carol Corcoran of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate holds the listing.

The home last sold in October 2015 for $1.45 million to Tom and Susan Corson, property records show. Tom Corson is the co-chairman and chief operating officer of Warner Records.

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