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Palm Springs Modernism Month

Every February, design enthusiasts descend on Palm Springs for Modernism Week. A little dry heat in the bones doesn’t hurt either.

The goal of Modernism Week is to celebrate the area’s standout midcentury architecture and design. From CAMP Central Headquarters, you can head to special parties, lectures, films, night or day tours. This year, well,  you know what’s coming 🤕. In February 2021, Modernism Week will take place online with special talks and tours for sale. The good news? The programs will stream through all of February until the 28th.

The offerings include…

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Inside 5 architecturally significant homes with host, Maureen Erbe

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A new type of  driving tour

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A screening of a film about legendary architect Richard Neutra

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As we wait for the online launch, we’ll look back wistfully to an unusually warm 2016 where we were lucky enough to attend the tour in person.

We had heard great things about the Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour – a 2.5 hour guided tour of residential properties, civic and commercial buildings – so we donned hats, stocked up on free water and climbed up to the top of the bus. It was worth it.

Our guide offered up pithy architectural history and Old Hollywood gossip. We saw famous buildings from architects like Donald Weller, Albert Frey and Richard Neutra. Our sights included:

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Coachella Valley Savings & Loan #2, now Chase

E. Stewart Williams. 1961coachella 2

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Frey House II
Albert Frey, 1963
Frey

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estate

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House of Tomorrow
Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway
William Krisel. 1962elvis

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yellow door

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Enco/Tramway Gas Station
Frey & Chambers. 1963 gas station

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Robot Sculpture Garden
Artist Kevin Irwin Jr’s Houserobot house

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city hall

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pink house

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Twin Palms
Frank Sinatra Estate
E. Stewart Williams. 1947
frank sinatra

 

Written by Elizabeth Newton
www.creatorsvancouver.com

 

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