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E. Stewart Williams film screening – FREE EVENT – “The Nature of Modernism”

February 19, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm |


Creating innovative, award-winning homes, public and commercial buildings for over 50 years, Emerson Stewart Williams (1909-2005) brought his curious mind and love of the natural environment to Palm Springs in 1946, where he practiced and lived for the rest of his life. His architecture celebrated our city and its unique desert and mountains, and Williams crafted a wide range of distinctly modern landmarks with graceful lines and proportions, careful detailing and brilliant expression of local and modern building materials. From early-career highlights, such as the home he designed for Frank Sinatra, through to later successes, such as the Palm Springs Art Museum, Crafton Hills College and numerous commercial buildings, Williams’ expertise showed through without a personal style or imprint.

The award-winning documentary film, “The Nature of Modernism: E. Stewart Williams, Architect,” by Jake Gorst and Tracey Rennie Gorst, will be screened to the public at the Welwood Murray Memorial Library, as a FREE event organized and presented by the Palm Springs Modern Committee, and courtesy of Design Onscreen. This remarkable 80-minute film traces the personal and professional life of E. Stewart Williams, and features archival interviews of Mr. Williams and many of his architectural images and drawings, as well as personal photos and reflections by friends, family and associates It is a testament to a humble, professional, and inspired Modern architect.


February 19, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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All ages.
Things to Know
Outside food or drink is not allowed. Smoking is prohibited anywhere in the building. Pets are not allowed but service animals are welcome. Photography is permitted for personal use only; no tripods or videotaping allowed. Seating is limited. Free tickets are available until capacity is reached. Two screenings are available: Sunday, February 19, at 3 p.m., and Saturday, February 25, at 3 p.m.
Special Parking Instructions
Parking is available on adjacent streets (with time limits) and in nearby free public lots.
Photography Credits
Williams family collection Dan Chavkin Peter Blackburn


Welwood Murray Memorial Library – Community Room
100 S. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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