Walter S. White (1917-2002): Miles C. Bates house


The Miles C. Bates house by Walter White in Palm Desert, California is also known as the "wave" house for it's uniquely shaped roof. The house blends the curving roof lines, reminiscent of the nearby mountains, with glass walls and indoor/outdoor living.
The house was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Walter S. White (1917-2002), architect


Walter S. White papers, Architecture and Design Collection; Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.




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Collection Items

Mlies C. Bates house: exterior
An exterior view of the house which highlights the curving roof against the backdrop of the nearby mountain range.

Miles C. Bates house: rendering of pool
A watercolor on board rendering by Siegfried Knop of the backyard of the Bates house.

Miles C. Bates house: rendering
A rendering of the Bates house by Siegfried Knop of the side of the house, featuring the roof line extending down to the ground.

Miles C. Bates house: elevations
Drawings of each of the exterior elevations for the house, showing the contact points between the walls and the roof, as well as the materials to be used.

Miles C. Bates house: floor plan
A drawing of the floor plan and interior utility room elevations for the Bates house. This drawing shows the original layout of the one-bedroom, two bathroom house, with minimal solid walls, and extended dining terrace.

Miles C. Bates house: presentation floor plan
A presentation drawing on board of the proposed floor plan, featuring a round pool and landscaping.

Miles C. Bates house: living room with fireplace
An image of the living room, with fireplace. The original slide image was possibly taken by Walter White.

Miles C. Bates house: dining room
A color slide of the dining room, with kitchen in the background. The original image was possibly taken by Walter White.

Miles C. Bates house: roof
An image of the roof line curving down to the ground level. Walter White patented this design in 1955 for a curving roof.

Miles C. Bates house: under construction
A color slide of the house under construction. The basic form of the roofline can be clearly seen in the curved wooden composite beam above the solid wall.

Walter White portraits
The Walter White archive contains a few photographs of White at various stages in his career.
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