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William Krisel, a pioneering architect who brought his vision of modernism to Southern California tract housing, died Monday at age 92.

Tract housing often implies cookie-cutter. But in Palm Springs, Krisel varied homes’ rooflines, paint schemes, and setbacks from the street so no two tract homes next to each other looked the same — despite all having one basic floorplan. He also popularized the “butterfly” roof.

His homes featured open floorplans and clerestory windows to bring in even more light.

William Krisel, Architect Who Helped Define California Modernism, Dies At 92

Photos: Darren Bradley/Courtesy of Darren Bradley and Julius Shulman photography archive. The Getty Research Institute, 2004.R.10