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Chicago stars in Palm Springs home show

February 10th, 2017

Chicago-area residents Gary and Joan Gand have created a house tour in Palm Springs, California, featuring their mid-century vacation home designed by the late Harold Levitt.

He was an architect to the stars, having built homes for singer Olivia Newton John and Lionel Ritchie, music producer Quincy Jones and the late actress Debbie Reynolds, among others.

The Gands live in Northfield in a a home designed by George Keck, who  pioneered modern-design and built the all-glass, 12-sided “House of Tomorrow.” It was part of the Century of Progress World’s Fair in Chicago.

The home now resides at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore park and monies raised from the Gands’ Palm Springs home tour will go to Indiana Landmarks and The National Trust to restore it to its original character.

The Gands are co-founders of Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond nonprofit and run Gand Music and Sound.

Interestingly, Gary’s sister is Gale Gand, the famed chef.

Gary and his wife got their start collecting mid-century art, furniture and architecture in the 1980s when Joan’s mom gave them a potato chip chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames.

The Palm Spring tour is Feb. 24 also has another Chicago connection. It will feature a home built for Harold Florsheim, of Florsheim Shoes in Chicago.

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