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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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$35.00

A Day in Old Pompeii

8 Tour Times

February 24, 2017
Pompeii de Las Palmas, 231 W. Stevens Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

On tour for the second time, Pompeii de Las Palmas offers visitors an experience that might best be described as “other-worldly.” On May 1, 2015, this nine-unit Roman Revival-style condo complex became Palm Springs’ fourth Class-One Historic District. In 1964, America’s fascination with all things Italian was at its peak. From Fellini to Frank Sinatra, ... Read more...

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$50

Sagewood: Donald Wexler Tour

2 Tour Times

February 24, 2017
Sagewood, N. Cerritos Road, between Sandalwood Dr. and Chia Rd.
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

The architecture of the late Donald Wexler embodies the essence of midcentury modernism through its sleek design and efficiency. Often lauded for his “quiet elegance,” Wexler designed Sagewood, a condominium development of 108 units in Palm Springs, to reflect the characteristics of his style: natural lines, integrated design logic, nonsuperfluous details, an innovative adaptation to ... Read more...

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$65

Park Imperial South Homes Tour

2 Tour Times

One of two Palm Springs projects designed by noted Architect Barry Berkus, the thirty homes that comprise Park Imperial South have been carefully and methodically restored by the homeowners over the past decade in many exciting and unique ways. Many of the units on this year's tour feature original appliances along with a range of ... 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 24, 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 24, 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 24, 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 24, 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

6 Tour Times

February 24, 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

Sunnylands Historic House Tour

13 Tour Times

February 24, 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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$75

Home Tour: Palm Springs/Chicago Midcentury Modern Connection

4 Tour Times

The fantastic House of Tomorrow, designed for the 1933-34 Century of Progress World’s Fair in Chicago, needs to be restored and a Palm Springs Modernism tour of two classic midcentury residences with Chicago connections is just the perfect way to get involved! The first is a cool, 1960s custom home built as a vacation get-away ... Read more...

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Free

The West Elm House – Home Tour

9 Tour Times

February 24, 2017
The West Elm House, 634 South Bedford Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92264 United States

The West Elm House is an idea house created to inspire and guide architecture and design enthusiasts when it comes to the art of modernizing a midcentury home for the way we live today. Be among the first to experience the “Midcentury to Next-Century Transformation” of this iconic 1950s home by Palmer & Krisel. West ... Read more...

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$99.00

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

February 24, 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

Film: Design for Modern Living – Millard Sheets and the Claremont Art Community, 1935-1975

February 24, 2017 | 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Palm Springs Art Museum Annenberg Theater, 101 N Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

In the years following World War II, the community of Claremont in Southern California emerged as an important center for the visual arts, due largely to the inspired efforts of the artist and educator Millard Sheets. In Claremont, painters, sculptors, ceramists, enamel and mosaic artists, woodworkers and fiber artists devoted themselves to their creative pursuits ... Read more...

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$45

Friday at the Annenberg Package with Millard Sheets and Claremont Modern

February 24, 2017 | 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Palm Springs Art Museum Annenberg Theater, 101 N Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Friday Morning Ticket Package at the Annenberg Theater with Millard Sheets and Claremont Modern. Package price includes 1 presentation and panel, 2 films, box lunch at the Muse Cafe (Next to Annenberg Theater) and entrance to Palm Springs Art Museum. Friday Package 9:00 a.m. - Film 'Design for Modern Living: Millard Sheets and Claremont Art ... Read more...

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$75.00

Palm Desert Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour

February 24, 2017 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
The PALM DESERT location of PS Art Museum, The Galen, 72567 Highway 111
Palm Desert, CA 92260 United States

The Palm Desert Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour is returning to Modernism Week! A very special "open air" tour has been designed to highlight the unique midcentury architecture in the city of Palm Desert. This enlightening and entertaining tour features treasured homes, newly recognized architectural gems and historic sites.The tour will provide an overview of ... Read more...

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$35

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

February 24, 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 24, 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 24, 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 24, 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 24, 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 24, 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 24, 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 24, 2017 | 10:00 am - 5:00 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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$10

The Creative Architect: Inside the Great Midcentury Personality Study

February 24, 2017 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
CAMP, 350 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

In the late 1950s, the Institute of Personality Assessment and Research (IPAR) at UC Berkeley invited forty of the most creative architects of the time to come to campus for a three-day assessment. Saarinen, Neutra, Kahn, Johnson, Nelson and many others accepted the invitation and submitted themselves to 22-hours of testing in a campus facility. ... Read more...

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$15

Michael Stern – Julius Shulman: Palm Springs with a splash of “Hollywood Modern”

February 24, 2017 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
A+D Center – Study Center, 300 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Curator and author Michael Stern discusses how a series of meetings with architect E. Stewart Williams led to the exhibition and Rizzoli publication Julius Shulman: Palm Springs. Learn about the behind-the-scenes thought process that led to each entity, the extensive and colorful relationship between Stern and Shulman, and how this led to Stern’s forthcoming publication ... Read more...

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$12

Millard Sheets and Home Savings: Mid-century Modern Architecture for Corporate and Urban Identity

February 24, 2017 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Palm Springs Art Museum, Annenberg Theater, 101 N. Museum Dr.
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

For more than three decades, Millard Sheets and his studio of artists designed Home Savings and Loan branches, emblazing their iconic projects with mosaics, murals, stained glass and sculptures that celebrated both family life and the history of the Golden State. The collaboration between the Millard Sheets Studio and Howard Ahmanson, Home Savings’ chief executive, ... Read more...

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$12

Claremont Modern -The Convergence of Art + Architecture at Midcentury

February 24, 2017 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Palm Springs Art Museum Annenberg Theater, 101 N Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Modernism Week is proud to present a new documentary that celebrates the midcentury modern art and architecture of Claremont, California, just one hour west of Palm Springs. Richard Neutra, Cliff May, Edward Durell Stone; these are just some of the world's most renown architects represented in Claremont. This new documentary shows how, during its emergence ... Read more...

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$10

From Desert to Rainforest – Influences of Palm Springs on Pacific Northwest Modernism

February 24, 2017 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
CAMP, 350 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Palm Springs has one of the most concentrated collections of regionally inspired midcentury modern architecture in the country. Today we visit this area as design pilgrims, touring iconic works created by legendary international architects, including Albert Frey and Richard Neutra, to better understand their responses to relationships between site, landscape and buildings, the exploration of ... Read more...

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$12.00

Harry Seidler: Australia’s Modernist Architect

February 24, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Palm Springs Art Museum Annenberg Theater, 101 N Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Vladimir Belogolovsky traces the life and work of famed Sydney architect Harry Seidler (1923-2006), his key role in bringing Modernism and Bauhaus principles to Australia and explores long-lasting creative collaborations with leading artistic visionaries of the 20th century: architects Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, and Oscar Niemeyer; artists Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, Sol LeWitt and Frank ... Read more...

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$10

Midnight Modern: Photographer’s Presentation & Book Signing

February 24, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
CAMP, 350 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Midnight Modern brings into focus a view of Palm Springs and its internationally renowned modernist houses never before shown, shot entirely by the light of the full moon. Join photographer Tom Blachford in conversation with Brigitte Lehnert and André Boughtwood of Flow Modern as they discuss Tom’s work and retell the experience of crafting the ... Read more...

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$18 - $60

U.S. Film Premier – Harry Seidler: Modernist

February 24, 2017 | 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Palm Springs Art Museum Annenberg Theater, 101 N Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Modernism Week is proud to present the first U.S. screening of the film “Harry Seidler: Modernist,” along with welcoming his wife, Penelope Seidler and the director, Daryl Dellora, who have traveled from Australia specifically to attend the U. S. Premier. This film, which received it's Australian Premier recently at the Sydney Opera House, is a ... Read more...

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$175.00

Retro Martini Party

February 24, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The one, the only, the original! The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation’s Retro Martini Party fundraiser has become one of the signature events of Modernism Week. This year’s special venue is the storied Kirk Douglas Residence in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood. Designed by famous modernist architect Donald Wexler and built by Robert Higgins in 1954, ... Read more...

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$85

Kai Wai Tiki Rum Party

February 24, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
O’Donnell Golf Club, 301 N Belardo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Aloha from SEAthletes! You’re invited to celebrate a night of Polynesian culture, so put on your best Hawaiian dress or your aloha shirt and join us under the stars for an island style party at the historical O’Donnell Golf Club. The Kai Wai Tiki Rum Party is the first Modernism Week event to ever be ... Read more...

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$45.00

Modernism With A Twist – CULTURE

February 24, 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 24, 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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