Designed by the architecture firm Palmer and Krisel, the house was built by the prominent Palm Springs builder Robert Alexander, who lived there with his wife Helen. In 1962, Look magazine featured the Alexanders and their House of Tomorrow.
The Alexanders were tragically killed in a plane crash and in 1966 Elvis Presley rented it to use as a an occasional retreat. Elvis gave the Look Magazine House of Tomorrow some of the same off-beat decor he used at Graceland Mansion, his home in Tennessee. However, Elvis's House of Tomorrow remained true to the modernist ideas of the architects and builder.