Master of the Midcentury

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The Master of the Midcentury architecture guide presents Cody’s designs are so recognizable that they provide a visual shorthand for what is widely hailed as “Desert Modern.”



Of the architects who made Palm Springs a crucible of mid-century American modernism, Cody was one of the most prolific, diverse, and iconic. Directing a practice ranging from residences to commercial centers and industrial complexes to master plans,  While his architecture was disciplined and technically innovative, Cody did not practice austere modernism; he imbued in his projects a love for social spaces, rich with patterns, texture, color, and art.

Master of the Midcentury is the first monograph devoted to Cody, authored by the team that curated the acclaimed exhibition Fast Forward: The Architecture of William F. Cody at the Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles: his daughter, Cathy Cody, and architectural Don Choi. Replete with photographs of extant and now-lost structures, as well as masterful color renderings and drawings for architectural commissions and plans for vanguard building systems, Master of the Midcentury is the authoritative resource on Cody.