Each year Modernism Week carefully curates between 5-7 homes that represent a myriad of iconic architectural homes by some of the area’s most noted architects. Chosen for their architecture, interiors, gardens and grounds, the homes epitomize what makes life and architecture in Palm Springs and the desert so unique. This tour explores different neighborhoods and features a variety of architectural styles, including midcentury modern, Desert Contemporary, and “New-Century” Modern.
During Modernism Week, some companies align with the organization to offer free tours of the homes that showcase their products.
Some local organizations (Palm Springs Preservation Foundation or PS Modern Committee) produce tours of iconic architectural gems during Modernism Week. These tours are solely produced by these organizations as fundraisers and allow access to residences normally not available for public tours.
Described as one of Herbert Burns’ “more lavish homes,” this Late Moderne-style 1948 home of Dr. and Mrs. Gillman in Little Tuscany has been expertly restored for Modernism Week 2020.
Palm Springs Historical Society has several docent guided walking tours available during Fall Preview and Modernism Week. Stroll through pristine midcentury neighborhoods and business districts and learn about a collection of elegant modernist homes or significant commercial buildings, designed by the desert’s most revered architects.
The Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour provides guests with a guided 2.5 hour overview of the most significant midcentury modern and historical architectural treasures of Palm Springs.