Palm Springs Modern Afternoon

There was a treat this weekend in Palm Springs — the Modernism Week double-decker bus tour. It was extensive, 3 hours and went all over town. We love architecture so how could we not love the tour, but it was about more than modernism, it was also the history of Palm Springs, its celebrities and other architectural styles popular here through the decades. There was something for everyone.

Del Marcos Hotel, Palm Springs, William F. Cody, 1947

The tour was a great tease for Modernism Week, Feb. 16-26, 2012, check out their website — lots of events are already listed and you can reserve your tickets now.

From William F. Cody, Albert Frey, E. Stewart Williams to William Krisel and Richard Neutra to A. Quincy Jones — are you swooning yet? — to Paul R. Williams, Donald Wexler and John Lautner — how much more can you pack into 3 hours.

There was more, all the rest of the architectural styles here from: adobe-brick cottages; Spanish-Colonial revival; Monterey-style ranches; eclectic Moorish-style; to condo and golf communities.

Albert Frey II House, Palm Springs, Albert Frey, 1963

So plan for February, don’t miss it!!!

Bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and a bottle of water. Don’t worry there’s a rest stop.


If you are interested in art, architecture and architectural preservation check out these local organizations.

Palm Springs Modern CommitteePalm Springs Art Museum and Palm Springs Preservation Foundation

Melange of Palm Springs architecture, note the Modernist houses camouflaged by the hillside.


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