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Commercial Buildings of Hugh Kaptur: Palm Springs Architectural Legend

February 24, 2018 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am |


Among the pantheon of iconic architects working in Palm Springs during the midcentury period is Hugh M. Kaptur. Alongside other star designers, such as E. Stewart Williams, Donald Wexler and Albert Frey, Kaptur is known for some of the most visible commercial structures along Tahquitz Canyon Way and throughout the city of Palm Springs. From hotels to fire stations to apartment complexes as well as office use buildings, Kaptur’s legacy includes these commercial structures as well as many lavish custom residences and modernist ranch home building designs.

An architect who began work in the city in the late 1950s, and who still works today on new designs as well as renovations of some of his earlier buildings, Hugh Kaptur has lived the evolving look and face of modernist architecture of the second half of the 20th century and beyond. This unique longevity has allowed him to see both stylistic as well as structural advancements and his body of work showcases the many sides of that style with variety, novelty and newly emerging perspectives.

A continuing important presence here, Kaptur received a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars in 2014, adjacent to the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion. He continues to leave his distinctive stamp on this city’s architectural landscape.


February 24, 2018
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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All ages.
Photography Credits
Municipal Golf Course Clubhouse; photograph courtesy of Palm Springs Life Archive., Impala Lodge; photograph courtesy of Dan Chavkin., Tahquitz Plaza; photograph courtesy of Palm Springs Preservation Foundation.


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