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“The Power of Pattern” House Tour & Book Release

February 19, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm |


Tour Times: 12:00 pm, 12:30 pm, 1:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 2:30 pm

Join us for a midcentury house tour and celebration of the release of PSPF’s lavishly illustrated book Concrete Screen Block: The Power of Pattern. The event will be held in a stunning 1963 modernist home designed by New York master builder Boris Gertzen. After building the nearby Wexler & Harrison-designed Canyon Country Club, Gertzen went on to build many custom homes along the golf course fairways. The midcentury house showcases three different screen block patterns and has recently undergone a tasteful and sympathetic renovation. Decorated in a colorful “retro Palm Springs” theme, the home features striking views of the mountains from its golf course-adjacent site. Making this an extraordinary value, each tourgoer receives a copy of the 120-page book which catalogs over 250 different midcentury block patterns and features many found in Palm Springs. Written by local preservationists Ron and Barbara Marshall with graphic design by Gary Wexler, the book will appeal to both architecture buffs and lovers of modernist design.

The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to educate and promote public awareness of the importance of preserving the historical resources and architecture of the city of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley area.” PSPF offers free membership as a public benefit.


February 19, 2018
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Additional Information

18 and older.
Things to Know
No children or pets and no smoking please. Photography is permitted for personal use only. Please be considerate of the neighbors and do not park in front of mail boxes or driveways.
Photography Credits
Al Troub, Palm Springs Preservation Foundation, Al Troub
Tour Times
Tour Times: 12:00 pm, 12:30 pm, 1:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 2:30 pm
Number of Times
6 Tour Times


2375 South Alhambra
Palm Springs, CA 92264 United States