William F. Cody (1916-1978) was an influential desert modern architect working in Palm Springs during the peak of the Modern Architecture Movement. Born in Dayton, Ohio, Cody studied architecture at the University of Southern California, where he worked for Cliff May, one of the pioneers of the California ranch style. After graduating in 1942, Cody apprenticed at several California firms before moving to Palm Springs in 1946. (continue reading after the listings 👇🏽)
Homes designed by William F. Cody for sale in Palm Springs, CA:
Cody’s early work in Palm Springs focused on hotels and resorts, including the Del Marcos Hotel (1947) and the Thunderbird Country Club (1950). He also designed a number of private residences, including the Perlberg Residence (1952) and the Shamel Residence (1961). These homes are characterized by their clean lines, open floor plans, and use of natural materials. Cody’s work also reflects his sensitivity to the desert environment, with features such as overhangs to provide shade and courtyards to create private outdoor spaces.
In addition to his residential work, Cody also designed a number of commercial and public buildings in Palm Springs and the surrounding Coachella Valley. These include the Spa Hotel (1954), the Palm Springs Public Library (1961), and the Palm Springs Air Museum (1963). Cody’s work is known for its simplicity, elegance, and functionality. He was a master of desert modernism, and his buildings continue to be admired today.
Cody was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 1965. He died in 1978 at the age of 62. His legacy continues to inspire architects and designers around the world.
Some of Cody’s most notable works include:
Del Marcos Hotel (1947), Thunderbird Country Club (1950), Perlberg Residence (1952), L’Horizon Hotel (1952), Spa Hotel (1954 and Destroyed in 2015), Palm Springs Public Library (1961), Shamel Residence (1961), Abernathy Residence (1962), Palm Springs Air Museum. (1963)