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.