Besides being known for tacos and miles of scenic coastline, Southern California has been regarded as a pioneer in mid-century modern architecture. The famed The Big Lebowski house? Mid-century modern. Frank Sinatra’s former sprawling Palm Springs pad? Also mid-century. There’s a reason why SoCal is littered with some of the coolest homes donning the architecture trend made popular in the 1950s.

Photographer Stephanie Kloss was also so fascinated with the design area that she embarked on a photo project appropriately titled “California Dreaming”. The project propelled her to travel all over Los Angeles and Palm Springs to capture some of the most iconic mid-century homes in California.

“The merits of Midcentury Modern architecture are becoming evident in the increasing interest in these houses on the real estate market,” says Kloss. “Leonardo DiCaprio, for one, just bought a Donald Wexler house in Palm Springs…”

From Sinatra’s pad to the glass marvel that is the Sheets Goldstein residence, here are the incredible photos Kloss was able to capture.


CASE STUDY HOUSE NO.10 (1947) BY KEMPER NOMLAND


TWIN PALMS (1947) BY E. STEWART WILLIAMS
Once home to Frank Sinatra
THE SHEATS GOLDSTEIN RESIDENCE (1963) BY JOHN LAUTNER
KAUFMANN HOUSE (1946 BY RICHARD NEUTRA
PALM SPRINGS CITY HALL (1952) BY ALBERT FREY

To see more of Kloss’ work, visit her work at LUMAS.