Sunnylands: Storied Annenberg estate in Rancho Mirage opens to public
Sunnylands, the desert residence of philanthropists Walter and Leonore Annenberg, encompasses 200 acres and a 25,000-square-foot house designed by iconic architect A. Quincy Jones and interior designer William Haines, working with associate Ted Graber. The Times takes a sneak peek inside the house and new visitor center.
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Sunnylands: The storied Annenberg estate
By Scarlet Cheng
Once completed in 1966, Sunnylands became a secluded retreat for luminaries who included the power elite (Queen Elizabeth II, Margaret Thatcher and eight presidents from Dwight Eisenhower to Bill Clinton) as well as Hollywood royalty (Barbara and Frank Sinatra were married there). But Sunnylands also was a home. Pictured here: A gilded bird, part of an ornate mirror frame, takes flight against the backdrop of antique wallpaper in Sunnylands' Inwood Room, named after the Annenberg's mansion outside of Philadelphia.