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Created by architectural designer Herbert W. Burns, the Gillman House was originally built in 1948. The Palm Springs home was partially demolished and sat in ruins for several years before Thomboy Properties stepped in and brought the mid-century gem back to life for Modernism Week 2020. The design was inspired by the works of Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier, resulting in a horizontal lines, a flat roof, cantilevered overhangs, grids of glass, and planters on the exterior. Its Arizona sandstone facade flows into the interior where the renovated space integrates modern updates while still respecting the historic details. The 4,700-square foot space now includes solar power, a new kitchen featuring teak cabinets and professional-grade appliances, and terrazzo floors throughout the living spaces. True to the era, the home adopts the indoor-outdoor lifestyle with seamless transitions between the inside to the terrace. The outdoor area is equipped to embrace desert living with a pool, spa, and deep overhangs to shield from the intense sun.