Walter White: Willcockson house (Indio, Calif.)



The Max E. Willcockson house in Indio is notable for White's first use of the hyperbolic-paraboloid roof. This dramatically sweeping feature appears from a distance to hover over the house (which was sited on a high sand dune to increase the drama). The orientation of the highest points of the roof (which was painted white to reflect the sun) are angled in such a way as to block the strongest and hottest rays of the sun, while also enjoying a view of the mountains.


Walter White, architect


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




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Walter White, architect, “Walter White: Willcockson house (Indio, Calif.),” UCSB ADC Omeka, accessed October 26, 2021,