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Enjoy browsing, but unless otherwise noted, these houses are private property and closed to the public -- so don't go tromping around uninvited.

 

JOHN PORTER CLARK (1905-1991)

Clark was born in Pasadena CA.  He trained at Cornell the moved back to Pasadena to work with Van Pelt and Lind, working with Albert Frey from 1935-1937. In 1939 Frey returned from NY to Palm Springs to form a firm with Clark which was to continue for nearly twenty more years.

At the end of World War II Palm Springs' population almost tripled, and the city experienced a building boom as an escape for Hollywood and a winter haven for east coast industrialists.  The city became a resort community and Clark and Frey who were well-positioned to capitalize on this growth.  

Clark's best-known projects were collaborations with Frey, working on Palm Springs City Hall, Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, and Desert Hospital.  He was the lead designer on Frey's Hamrick House, Welwood Murray Memorial Library, and the Church of St. Paul in the Desert.

 Many thanks to Catherine Westergaard Cramer.


1934 - The Spencer Kellogg House and Studio, 321 West Vereda Sur, Palm Springs CA.

1935 - The Harry (H. U.) Brandenstein Study, 287 East Morongo Road, Palm Springs CA. Clark designed the main house.  Albert Frey designed an outdoor study which was situated away from the main house for privacy  The study contained two square rooms:  one had a solid roof that creates an overhang and the other had a screened-in roof. Sold to Praeneste.  Sold to Harold Bell.  Sold to Steve Schmitt.
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1936 - The Francis Crocker House, 330 West Arenas Road, Palm Springs CA.  Address needs verification. 


1937 - 669 West Chino Canyon, Palm Springs CA. Attributed to Clark, needs verification.


1940 - The John Porter Clark House, 1200 Paseo El Mirador, Palm Springs CA.  Designed by Clark and Albert Frey.  Photos by Fritz Block. Deeded to Stanley Clark.


1940 - The John and Fannie Hamrick Speculative House, 926 West Panorama, Palm Springs CA.


1942 - The Paul Dougherty House, 1860 North Vista Drive, Palm Springs CA.


1945 - The Barney Johnson House, 667 East Mel Avenue, Palm Springs CA. 


216 West Via Lola, Palm Springs, CA 92262

216 West Via Lola, Palm Springs, CA 92262

1945 - The Florian Boyd House, 216 West Via Lola, Palm Springs CA.  Sold in 2017.


Sources include:  Morris Newman, Catherine Westergaard Cramer, psmodcom.org, City of Palm Springs Survey.