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Tour – Claremont Modern: Art and Architecture at Midcentury

February 26, 2017 | 9:00 am - 4:30 pm |


Join us for a special out-of-town tour to Claremont, an academic community 1 hour west of Palm Springs. Claremont could very well be one of the best-kept secrets in the annals of modernism – the period now recognized as the midcentury, post-war explosion of all things cool and modern. Southern California and to a great degree, Claremont, offered a fertile testing ground for many of the architects, artists and craftspeople that defined modernism as a movement.

The focus of this tour is the convergence of art and architecture in Claremont at midcentury. The approach and range of output from this small community is extraordinary and considered by some historians to be a sub-movement of modernism, recognized as the “Claremont School”. This was primarily due to the influence of artist and designer Millard Sheets and the formation of the Sheets Studio that created projects around the world, including the Home Savings and Loan Banks program, which championed the idea that people seek to have cultural experiences in their everyday lives.

This motor coach tour, departing from Palm Springs and produced by Claremont Heritage, will highlight significant residential work by renowned midcentury architects such as Richard Neutra, Theodore Criley Jr., Foster Rhodes Jackson, Cliff May, Everett Tozier, Buff and Hensman, Whitney Smith, Fred McDowell and Paul R. Williams, as well as institutional and commercial works by A. Quincy Jones & Frederick Emmons, Victor Gruen & Associates, Pereira & Luckman, Edward A. Killingsworth and Edward Durell Stone. Box lunch included. Tour proceeds benefit Claremont Heritage. claremontheritage.org

The drive from Palm Springs to Claremont is approximately one hour. Departure is from MW CAMP, 350 S. Palm Canyon PROMPTLY at 9 a.m. Please plan to arrive early in order to park and check-in for the tour. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated. Box lunch provided. Arrival back to Palm Springs/CAMP approximately 4:30 p.m. Restroom on coach. Tour is produced by and proceeds benefit Claremont Heritage.


February 26, 2017
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Additional Information

12 and older.
Special Parking Instructions
There is free parking available 1 block from check-in at the city-owned covered parking garage located at 275 S. Indian Canyon, at the corner of W. Baristo Rd. Please do not park on the street as there are time limitations.
Photography Credits
claremontheritage.org claremontheritage.org Garrison Theater claremontheritage.org Millard Sheets


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350 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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