Written by Erik Rosenow, past President of the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation
Palm Springs is THE modernism capital of the world! That’s the unofficial nickname given to Palm Spring for its high concentration of mid-century homes and buildings. Tourists flock to this city to appreciate the architecture, potentially taking a private guided architectural tour that are run throughout the year. Many are lured to purchase a mid-century home in one of Palm Springs famous neighborhoods. What better way to enjoy a martini than poolside under a sweeping butterfly roof!
Palm Springs is quite easy to get involved in the mid-century architecture and design scene. Two prominent organizations, the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation (PSPF) and the Palm Springs Modern Committee (PSModCom) schedule events such as house tours and cocktail parties throughout the year. One can get more involved and easily volunteer for one of these preservation groups.
Architecture is a key component to the Palm Springs Art Museum. The museum purchased the former Santa Fe Savings and Loan building designed by E. Stewart Williams and transformed it into the Architecture and Design Center. The Center hosts exhibitions year-round on specific architecture and design topics.
The most popular event is the 10-day long Modernism Week in mid-February. Thousands from around the world attend home tours and cocktail parties, films and lectures. The event begins with the Modernism Show, allowing attendees to purchase rare furniture finds and other vintage design products. Double decker buses tours showcase the city’s unique architecture in a 2-1/2 hour tour. Modernism Week is so popular, a Fall Preview Weekend was created in October as a teaser of what is to come.
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