Mid Century House

Sunnylands – Annenberg Estate – A Modernist Estate

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Sunnylands – Annenberg Estate – A Modernist Estate


For more than 40 years, Ambassadors Walter and Leonore Annenberg welcomed political, business, educational, and entertainment leaders to Sunnylands, their 200-acre winter home in Rancho Mirage, California.  In 2001, the couple established The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands to preserve the estate as a place where world leaders could meet to discuss issues of national and international importance.




In the mid-1960s, Walter and Leonore Annenberg hired interior designer William Haines and assistant Ted Graber as the interior designers on the project. and Los Angeles-based architect A. Quincy Jones (1913-1979) to create a midcentury modern residence in Rancho Mirage.

Construction started in 1963, The house a 25 thousand square foot house with mid century style. includes the main house and 3 guest houses, 13 man made lakes and private golf course.

Walter and Leonore Annenberg owned the property, based in Rancho Mirage California until 2009. Walter and Leonore had incredible style and taste with a mass collection of fine arts. The house was and is an incredible designed house with furniture and interiors designed with impeccable taste and incredible carefully thought out  planning.

The Annenberg’s hosted many  Notable persons such as Frank Sinatra  ( who married here  ), Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis Jnr,  Ginger Rogers, Queen Elizabeth, President Obama, in fact many presidents and so many to list …

In 2001, Walter and Leonore Annenberg established The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands to “address serious issues facing the nation and the world community.” They envisioned Sunnylands as a place where intimate and solution-driven meetings could take place as they had while the couple were alive.

Today, The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands is an independent 501 nonprofit operating entity governed by a nine-member Board of Trustees composed of the children and grandchildren of Leonore and Walter Annenberg.

A Place for Peace

The Annenbergs understood the magic of the environment they created in the California desert. They believed that Sunnylands could forever serve as a place where presidents and premiers, experts and scientists, generals and CEOs—all leaders, all perspectives—could meet in a neutral location, surrounded by natural beauty, to share ideas and find common ground on the tough issues facing our world today.

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