The Meiselman Home is no more cheaply built than the equivalent Alexander. While not exactly death traps, they all used the cheapest materials available. The Meiselman home introduced a nice separation of space by configuring the guest rooms on the opposite side of the house from the Master.
What happened in the process of building the Alexander and Meiselman homes is they defined affordable desert modernism and carved out a unique niche of modern homes in the late '50s. The designs of these homes are still as strong today as they were 50 years ago. Witness the incredible resurgence of mid-century mania here in Palm Springs in the last 10 years. Still somewhat affordable by California standards, the smaller homes are still selling anywhere from $350-$750K depending on condition. Many of these homes fell into great disrepair during the '80s and '90s. Hard times hit Palm Springs and the economic downturn actually turned out to be a blessing for preservation. People could not afford to tear the old houses down. So they stood and rotted away. With the latest resurgence of interest in all things mid-century, these petrified jewels became very desirable again. People started buying them in the late '90s for a song ($20-$120K) and fixing them up. Some fixed up properly, some are complete travesties. Most of them, however, have been treated with the respect they deserve.
These homes represent a very important period for Palm Springs. With that said, it's vital to keep the integrity of the house intact, but also offer a little wiggle room to make them livable by today's standards. Restored Meiselman homes in the Racquet Club Road Estates neighborhood have been selling in the $900,000+ range in 2021.