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February 2017
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CAMP

February 17, 2017 - February 26, 2017
CAMP, 350 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

CAMP, the Community And Meeting Place, is more than the starting point to the Modernism Week experience. Located in downtown Palm Springs just next door to Palm Springs Art Museum’s Architecture & Design Center, CAMP is a place to attend exciting talks and presentations, take in free events and exhibits, relax between events and pick ... Read more...

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$100.00

Historic Old Las Palmas Home and Garden Tour

5 Tour Times

February 20, 2017
Temple Isaiah Parking Lot, 332 West Alejo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Modernism Week is excited this year to have on the schedule the inaugural "Peek Behind The Hedges" home and garden tour of historic Old Las Palmas. Old Las Palmas, dating to the 1920s and boasting the largest number of celebrity homes, is the oldest residential neighborhood in Palm Springs. Most visitors, however, know it only ... Read more...

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$60.00

Seven Lakes Country Club Home Tour

5 Tour TImes

February 20, 2017
Seven Lakes Country Club, 4100 Seven Lakes Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92264 United States

Audaciously christened “The Gem of the Desert” by its developers, Seven Lakes Country Club has played host or home to a long list of Hollywood celebrities and two U.S. Presidents. Situated behind the Parker Hotel, this gated enclave presents a rare opportunity to tour a curated collection of magnificent midcentury homes designed in 1966 in ... Read more...

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$30 - $50

Restoring or Renovating your Midcentury Modern Home: Seminar & Tour

5 Event Times

February 20, 2017
CAMP, 350 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

From tackling common problems for midcentury homeowners to identifying red flags for those hunting for their next ranch, our panelists will provide mid mod enthusiasts with the information they need to enjoy and maintain their modernist design and architecture. After the discussion moderated by Sarah Jane Stone, editor of Atomic Ranch Magazine, take a tour ... Read more...

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$65.00

Sunnylands Historic House Tour

13 Tour Times

February 20, 2017
Sunnylands Center & Gardens, 37977 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 United States

In groups of seven, visitors on the Historic House Tour are taken on electric shuttles from Sunnylands Center & Gardens to the former winter home of Ambassadors Walter and Leonore Annenberg. A midcentury masterpiece with Mayan influences, the 25,000-square-foot residence was completed in 1966. Famed architect A. Quincy Jones designed the home, which interior designers ... Read more...

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$50 - $65

Chino Canyon Project: Desert Palisades Al Beadle Home 1 & O’Donnell Home 1

15 Tour Times

February 20, 2017
Al Beadle Home 1 and Lance O’Donnell Home 1, 1101 W. Racquet Club Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Tour two new architectural masterpieces in Palm Springs’ last hillside development. Set lightly into the natural terrain of what is likely the last hillside development in Palm Springs, The Chino Canyon Project represents the mindful neighboring of old and new. Two architectural homes, one based on a never-constructed plan by late midcentury modern architect Al ... Read more...

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$60 - $125

Frey House II Tours

12 Tour Times

February 20, 2017
Palm Springs Art Museum (Box Office, North Parking Lot), 101 Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Hosted by Palm Springs Art Museum's Architecture and Design Council, these 45-minute docent-led tours are a rare opportunity to see the residence of modernist architect Albert Frey. A limited number will enjoy this unique experience and gain insight into this Modern master's architectural sensibility. A shuttle van will transport participants from Palm Springs Art Museum's ... Read more...

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$40

Modernism Week Show House 2017: The Christopher Kennedy Compound Home Tour

8 Tour Times

February 20, 2017
Location will be emailed to ticket holders, Palm Springs, CA 92264 United States

Named by The Hollywood Reporter as the #1 Must-See Event of Modernism Week! Traditional Home and California Home + Design magazines present The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Show House. For the fourth year, Christopher brings together nearly 20 of the nations most prominent tastemakers to create unique rooms in this decorator showcase house. In ... Read more...

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$45

Sunny Cycle Electric Bike Neighborhood Tour

6 Tour Times

February 20, 2017
CAMP, 350 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Join Modernism Week on this fun and exciting new electric bike tour of the downtown neighborhoods of Palm Springs. The Sunny Cycle is a safe and entertaining electric bike service that makes the Palm Springs touring experience a memorable one. Passengers pedal for awhile, then stop for a refreshment and appetizer, then mount the bike ... Read more...

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$85.00

Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour

7 Tour Times

February 20, 2017
CAMP, 350 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Modernism Week’s signature tour! The Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour provides guests with a 2.5 hour overview of significant civic and commercial buildings, as well as residential properties located within notable Palm Springs neighborhoods, including the midcentury “leisure lifestyle” communities in South Palm Springs. Lead by knowledgeable guides, this open-air experience offers unique, exterior ... Read more...

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$65.00

Twin Palms Neighborhood Midcentury Modern Homes Tour

4 Tour Times

William Krisel achieved what most architects could not: designing innovative, practical, and stylish residences with the look of custom construction that could sell for the cost of a tract home. The explosion of interest this sparked in homebuyers of the mid-1950s transformed Palm Springs and firmly established it as a Mecca of desert modernism. Our ... Read more...

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$150

Mojave Desert Trip – PS ModCom Home Tour

3 Tours

Enjoy a day in the open air, exploring breathtaking landscapes, gnarly Joshua trees and the unusual flora and fauna, now home to a bohemian crowd of urban refugees lured by the intoxicating mystique of the High Desert. This fun, authentic desert trip meanders across dirt roads touring the exteriors and interiors of homesteads, ranches, and ... Read more...

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$99.00

Charles Phoenix: Super Duper Double Decker Bus Tour of “PALM SPRINGSLAND”

February 20, 2017 | 8:30 am - 11:00 am
CAMP, 350 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

See Palm Springs with the Ambassador of Americana! Humorist and tour guide extraordinaire, Charles Phoenix, will lead you on an entertaining adventure atop a double decker, open air bus. With his unbridled enthusiasm, delightful design expertise and keen eye for oddball detail, Charles’ spirited tour highlights exterior views of dozens of spectacular Midcentury Modern estates ... Read more...

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$12.00

Mexican Modern: The Sunnylands Fountain in Rancho Mirage

February 20, 2017 | 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Palm Springs Art Museum Annenberg Theater, 101 N Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

When Walter and Leonore Annenberg met with architect A. Quincy Jones in 1963 to discuss their vision for an ambitious desert estate they requested that the home reflect what they called a “Mayan influence.” Together, they achieved that goal. On a trip to Mexico City in 1967, Walter and Leonore Annenberg saw the monumental 40-foot ... Read more...

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$49

Mexico City Modern Monday Package

February 20, 2017 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Palm Springs Art Museum Annenberg Theater, 101 N Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Make it a Mexico City Modern Monday. Includes entrance to the four Mexico City Modern presentations, a box lunch at the Muse Cafe (next to the Annenberg Theater) and entrance to the Palm Springs Art Museum. Monday Package 9:00 a.m. Mexico Modern: Sunnylands Fountain; 10:30 a.m. Mexico Spectacular: Mexico City and the 1968 Summer Olympics; ... Read more...

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$35

Celebrity Haven – The Tennis Club Neighborhood Historical Walking Tour (Exteriors only)

February 20, 2017 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Visit the famed Palm Springs Tennis Club neighborhood nestled into the foothills of the San Jacinto Mountains. Here stars like Errol Flynn, Lucille Ball, and Frank Sinatra stayed and played in the spectacular beauty of its desert surroundings. Todays Hollywood hipsters (Cameron Diaz, Robert Downey Jr., and Reese Witherspoon, among others) continue to use this ... Read more...

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$35

Frank Sinatra’s Neighborhood—The Movie Colony Historical Walking Tour (Exteriors only)

February 20, 2017 | 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

In the tranquil and elegant neighborhood of the Movie Colony lived some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, such as Cary Grant, Dinah Shore, Van Johnson, Tony Curtis, Gloria Swanson and Jack Benny. With the luxurious El Mirador as its centerpiece, the Movie Colony was developed in the 1930s and 1940s. Frank Sinatra made it “his” neighborhood ... Read more...

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$35

Golden Era Hollywood Homes in Old Las Palmas Historical Walking Tour (Exteriors only)

February 20, 2017 | 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Walk among the stars in this prestigious and historic neighborhood. Old Las Palmas began its development in the late 1920s and 1930s and has one of the highest concentrations of celebrity homes anywhere. Elizabeth Taylor, Kirk Douglas, Katherine Hepburn, Gene Autry, Lena Horne, Dinah Shore and many other Hollywood stars have been residents here. This ... Read more...

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$35

Heart of the City Historical Walking Tour (Exteriors Only)

February 20, 2017 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

How did a tiny agricultural settlement become a world renowned getaway for the rich and famous and a playground of the stars? Palm Springs is unique in that many of its “founding fathers” were women. Pioneer John McCallum envisioned an agricultural community, and later his daughter Pearl McCallum McManus, alongside other forward-thinking women such as ... Read more...

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$35

Icons of Fashion and Finance Historical Walking Tour (Exteriors only)

February 20, 2017 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Get a taste of Palm Springs history and get to know the movers and shakers who shaped its growth and development. See why Palm Springs captured the imagination of desert modern architects who designed iconic midcentury structures for fashion and finance, including the first Saks Fifth Avenue store in the desert. See how midcentury design ... Read more...

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$35

Rat Pack Playground—Modernist Homes of Vista Las Palmas Historical Walking Tour (Exteriors only)

February 20, 2017 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am

In this trendy midcentury tract development of Vista Las Palmas, a knowledgeable guide will lead you past the exteriors of these classic homes where the Hollywood elite as well as ordinary folk chose to live. Early advertising even called the area “The Beverly Hills of Palm Springs.” These houses are affectionately nicknamed “Alexanders” in honor ... Read more...

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$35

Stars and Star-chitects in Deepwell Historical Walking Tour (Exteriors only)

February 20, 2017 | 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

In this pristine, little-known neighborhood of Deepwell Estates lived some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Loretta Young, William Holden, Carmen Miranda, Liberace and Jerry Lewis, are just some of the stars who called Deepwell home. Some of these houses were designed by the desert’s most renowned architects, our “star-chitects,” including E. Stewart Williams, Donald Wexler, Hugh ... Read more...

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$10.00

FAST FORWARD Architecture of William F. Cody

February 20, 2017 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Palm Springs Public Library, The Learning Center, 300 S. Sunrise Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Direct from the Los Angeles A + D Museum this self-guided exhibit celebrates the centennial of architect William F. Cody and his seminal contribution to modern architecture. See images, photos, plans and more spanning his career; some never previously on display. Plus see new projects created by architecture students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo ... Read more...

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Free

E. Stewart Williams, Architect : A Palm Springs Modern Master

February 20, 2017 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Palm Springs Public Library, Main Atrium, 300 S. Sunrise Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

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 ... Read more...

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$20

17th Annual Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale

February 20, 2017 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, 277 N. Avenida Caballeros
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

85 premier national and international exhibitors showcasing vintage furniture, decorative and fine arts including sculpture, lighting, paintings, jewelry, prints, ceramics, porcelain, glass, silver, pottery, bronzes, rugs, design books, designer clothing and accessories reflecting all design movements of the 20th century, and especially emphasizing midcentury modern. Weekend admission: Includes catalog and unlimited return entry. Tickets will ... Read more...

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$12

Spectacular Mexico—Design, Propaganda and the 1968 Olympics

February 20, 2017 | 10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Palm Springs Art Museum Annenberg Theater, 101 N Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

As the first Latin American country to host the games, the preparation in Mexico City for the 1968 Summer Olympics was arguably the most ambitious of a sequence of design projects that aimed to signal Mexico’s arrival in the developed world. In his presentation, Luis M. Castañeda demonstrates how design projects of the 1968 Summer ... Read more...

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Free

Modernism Week Vintage Car Show

February 20, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, 277 N. Avenida Caballeros
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

View more than 50 vintage automobiles on display at the front entrance of the Palm Springs Convention Center on the last day of the Modernism Show & Sale. Enjoy classic cars from the 1930s through 1980s at this casual and entertaining afternoon event. Chat with the car owners and share your passion for vintage automobiles ... Read more...

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$12

Luis Barragán and the Gardens of El Pedregal : El Lugar Ideal para Vivir

February 20, 2017 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Palm Springs Art Museum Annenberg Theater, 101 N Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

The 865-acre Gardens of El Pedregal, begun in Mexico City in 1945, stands as the pivotal work of Mexico’s most significant modern architect, Luis Barragán, recipient of the 1980 Pritzker Prize. Located at the city’s southern edge, within an ancient and forbidding volcanic landscape, El Pedregal was an upscale residential subdivision made of minimalist modern ... Read more...

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$10

Creating That Perfect Modern Indoor-Outdoor Sanctuary

February 20, 2017 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
CAMP, 350 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

As an organic landscape & interior designer, Troy Bankord's midcentury home & garden designs have been featured in publications, on architectural tours and on television for 30 years. Join Sunset Magazine’s ‘King of Concrete Block’ & Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine’s ‘Master of the Southwest’ for an exploration of how his principles of indoor-outdoor connectivity, ... Read more...

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Free

Stile Transatlantico / Transatlantic Style: Author Presentation & Book Signing

February 20, 2017 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, 277 N. Avenida Caballeros
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Presented by Modernism Week sponsor Alfa Romeo, noted Italian car expert, columnist and television host Donald Osborne will share highlights from his recently released book, Stile Transatlantico / Transatlantic Style: A Romance of Fins and Chrome. Donald's talk will bring to light the depth and range of the creative exchange in automotive design between Italy ... Read more...

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$55.00

Architect William F. Cody—His Work and Life: Lecture & Reception

February 20, 2017 | 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Palm Springs Public Library, Main Atrium, 300 S. Sunrise Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Cody made his mark with elegant, timeless buildings that are considered masterpieces of desert modern architecture. Learn more about this modernist architect’s vast archive from Laura Sorvetti, Special Collections & Archives Librarian at the Robert E. Kennedy Library, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo which houses the Cody archive. Following her presentation we will ... Read more...

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$12

Volcanic Modernism: The University City of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

February 20, 2017 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Palm Springs Art Museum Annenberg Theater, 101 N Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

The ensemble of buildings, sports facilities and open spaces of the University City of the UNAM, was designed from 1949 to 1954 by close to 80 architects and artists as a collaborative work sponsored by the Mexican State. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2007, the campus constitutes a unique example of 20th-century ... Read more...

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$10

Moving Sam Maloof – Relocating a Legend’s Home and Studio

February 20, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
CAMP, 350 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Author, architect, and former Maloof Relocation Project Construction Manager Ann Kovara provides a talk and book signing regarding her new book "Moving Sam Maloof: Saving an American Woodworking Legend’s Home and Workshop." In his City Observed blog, architectural critic Sam Hall Kaplan cheers Ms. Kovara's "Moving Sam Maloof..." as a "singular book written with empathy" ... Read more...

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$15 - $60

An Uncommon Vision: Alexander Girard and Herman Miller

February 20, 2017 | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Palm Springs Art Museum Annenberg Theater, 101 N Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Trained as an architect, but proficient in all manner of activities, Alexander Girard was introduced to Herman Miller through Charles Eames and George Nelson, established the Herman Miller Textile Division in 1952, and served as its Director of Design until 1973. From his outpost in Santa Fe, New Mexico, he designed over 300 textiles in ... Read more...

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$125.00

Disney’s Midcentury Modern at Smoke Tree Ranch

February 20, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Walt Disney had a major influence in the popular culture of what, at the time, was considered 'modern.' Along with advocating for modern architecture and industrial design during the 1950s and '60s he also celebrated new technologies and innovative methods of transportation. Theme park designer Bill Butler hosts a discussion about the influences, artistry and ... Read more...

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$45.00

Modernism With A Twist – CULTURE

February 20, 2017 | 5:00 pm
CAMP, 350 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

“Modernism With a Twist” has become one of the most popular events during Modernism Week. Five informative, witty and captivating 10-minute talks will be presented by leading Modernism luminaries and guest celebrities, on an amazing range of topics, accompanied by a richly detailed audio and visual presentation. These thought-provoking and irreverent presentations will include: Mid ... Read more...

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$45.00

Illuminated Modern Sunset Bus Tour

February 20, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
CAMP, 350 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Now in its sixth year, the Illuminated Modern Sunset Bus Tour highlights architecturally significant midcentury and modern building facades along Palm Canyon Drive and surrounding neighborhoods. The buildings will be illuminated with various lighting and typeface styles identifying the architect and year of construction. Enjoy the desert sunset and cool breezes atop an open-air double ... Read more...

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$125.00

Martinis on the Mountain Too

February 20, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 N Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Step back in time with Martinis on the Mountain at the historic O’Donnell House, nestled high above Palm Springs with magnificent views of the valley below. Built in 1925 for oil tycoon Thomas O’Donnell and his wife, the home originally known as Ojo del Desierto (Eye of the Desert) was designed by architect and artist ... Read more...

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