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Noted architect to receive star on Palm Springs Walk of Stars

Published On: Feb 15 2013 11:12:40 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 15 2013 09:42:00 AM CST
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PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -

Architect A. Quincy Jones will posthumously receive  the 352nd star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars Friday.

      The 2 p.m. dedication ceremony is being held during Modernism Week, an  11-day celebration of mid-century modern design, architecture and culture in  Palm Springs. It started Thursday and runs through Feb. 24.

      Jones, who died in 1979, was a Los Angeles-based architect and educator  who pioneered planning and design of greenbelts -- common park areas in housing  developments -- and was the designer of Ambassador Walter Annenberg's Rancho  Mirage home.

      He brought style and landscaping to California tract homes and  introduced new materials, according to Walk of Stars officials. His houses,  churches, civic and university buildings are considered "quintessential"  examples of mid-century American architecture, they say.

      Jones opened his Los Angeles office in 1945 after serving in the U.S.  Navy in World War II. He and Paul Williams contributed to the modernist  development of Palm Springs through the Tennis Club addition in 1946, Town &  Country Center in 1947 and Romanoff's on the Rocks nightclub in 1950.

      Starting in 1950, Jones worked with developer Joseph Eichler on several  projects throughout California. It was through that relationship that Jones was  able to implement his concept of greenbelts in housing developments, according  to the Walk of Stars.

      Jones was a professor and later dean at the University of Southern  California School of Architecture, from 1951 through 1967. In the 1960s Jones  designed campus buildings and larger office buildings. In 1964, he designed  Annenberg's 32,000-square-foot home as part of the successful publisher's  Sunnylands estate.