A Look at Palm Springs’ History of Architecture and Midcentury Culture

See why this Mecca of Modernism remains one of the world’s premier destinations for design buffs.

Even though traveling to Palm Springs may be a challenge this year, we’ve created plenty of ways to bring the architectural history of the city to you! We’re proud to offer virtual tours through some of Palm Springs’ breathtaking signature homes, as well as informative presentations to whet your modernist appetite.

Architectural Driving Tour of Palm Springs | $55 | 45 min.

A fun and informative “top down” architectural tour of Palm Springs from a 1966 convertible Mustang. Get a sneak peek inside a few of the best MCM homes in town!

Best of Mod With a Twist (2021) | $15 | 45 min.

The latest iteration of this fun presentation features even more modernist fun. Sit back and enjoy “West Coast Cool: the intersection of architecture and music in California”, “What Do We Hate Now: the fickle nature of architectural adoration”, “Revered and Reviled: Why do we worship the architecture of the midcentury but disdain the food?” and finally, “Naked History: The true history of naked hermits, waterfalls and hit songs written in Palm Springs”.

Best of Mod With a Twist 2020 | $15 | 65 min.

Missed this event during Fall Preview? Join Bob Bogard, Richard and Debra Hovel, Juli Cavnar and Laura Hein for an encore presentation exploring topics like “The Real Mad Men”, “Power Couples of Design”, “HiFi Living”, “Think Pink” and “Pointing the Way to Change – Bullet Bras”.

Modernism Week Signature Home Tour Video Series No. 2 (2021) | $45 | 70 min.

The popular video series returns with a brand-new edition, just for the Modernism Week Online Experience! Episode 2 showcases 5 new houses, including The Morse Residence (by Hal Levitt, 1961), The Cahuilla Hills House by O’Donnell + Escalante (by Lance O’Donnell, 2009), The Southridge Glass House (by William Cody, 1963), Trina Turk’s Ship of the Desert (by Erle Webster and Adrian Wilson, 1936), and Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s Villa Grigio (by James McNaughton, 1963). Special thanks to presenting sponsor Dunn-Edwards.

Modernism Week Signature Home Tour Video Series No. 1 (2020) | $35 | 70 min.

Step inside some of Palm Springs’ most significant and architectural residences with host Maureen Erbe! This special encore presentation offers an intimate look inside The Edris House (by E. Stewart Williams, 1954), Skyfall (by R. Denzil Lee, 1963), The Wexler Family Home (by Donald Wexler, 1955), and the House of Cardin (William Krisel, 1969). Special thanks to presenting sponsor Dunn-Edwards.


Click here to view the full Modernism Week Online Experience program, streaming February 1-28, 2021.

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