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The entrance to the Annenberg home is a nearly 1,000-square-foot atrium under a pyramidal roof, anchored by a Rodin sculpture of Eve rising from a pool.
Photos, unless otherwise noted, courtesy of Sunnylands.
A seating alcove off the atrium includes Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings from the owners' impressive collection. The original masterpieces, now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, have been replaced by digital reproductions.
The game room connects suites in the guest wing of the home. The back wall opens to reveal a sink and glassware.
This section, dubbed the Room of Memories by the Annenbergs, includes photos inscribed by most U.S. presidents starting with Eisenhower as well as a wall of Christmas cards from the Queen Mother.
Richard Nixon was a frequent guest at Sunnylands. Upon visiting in September 1974, just after resigning the presidency, he wrote in the guest book, "When you're down you find out who your real friends are."
Needlework pillows add a personal touch throughout the house; here, a moment of wit in a bedroom.
Photo courtesy of Lizzie Garrett Mettler.
We are news junkies, so of course we know about President Obama’s historic audience with new Chinese president Xi Jinping today. But what we’re really excited about is their meeting spot--the opulent Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage, an under-the-radar cultural mecca that’s especially important right now, since its architect is having a retrospective at the Hammer Museum.
Sunnylands is the former home of TV Guide founder Walter Annenberg and his wife, Leonore. In the mid-1960s, they commissioned A. Quincy Jones to build a home in the desert. Then decorator-to-the-stars William Haines did up the place in to-die-for Hollywood Regency style. During their lifetimes, the Annenbergs entertained royalty (Queen Elizabeth), U.S. presidents and celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, who married his fourth and final wife, Barbara Marx, there in 1976.
For the past year, the place has hosted public tours that sell out in minutes. (A couple tips: Sign up right at 9 a.m. first or fifteenth of the month, and hit “refresh” often on your browser.) On our visit, we were gobsmacked by the home’s elegant interiors (marble floors, priceless art) as well as the rare peek into history it affords (like Richard Nixon’s guest-book signature just after he left office).
Sunnylands Center and Gardens, 37977 Bob Hope Dr., Rancho Mirage; 760-328-2829 or sunnylands.org
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