If you’re a fan of 1950s and ’60s architecture, Palm Springs will be the place to go later this month when the city celebrates Modernism Week.
It will feature more than 250 events, including signature home tours in more than 25 neighbourhoods, films, lectures, architectural bus, walking and bike tours.
On Feb. 25, join us for the third annual Meiselman Midcentury Homes Tour – a self-guided tour of modernist ranch homes built by Jack Meiselman. Though they share the same floor plans, varying roof pitches and other creative design elements help create a personal and unique touch to each residence. All proceeds from this tour will benefit Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter. Link in profile for tickets.
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These events will be complemented by other events, encompassing fashion, classic cars, modern garden tours and a vintage travel trailer exhibition.
Happy 2017 🎉 We’re celebrating the new year with newly added events (click the link in profile to see the latest). And locals, make sure to check out the Modernism Week TV special on @kmirnews Channel 13 at 10am today!
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Modernism Week was conceived in 2006, following the success of both the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale and the annual symposium organised by the Palm Springs Art Museum’s architecture and design council.
Alexander Girard was introduced to Herman Miller through Charles Eames and George Nelson, established the Herman Miller Textile Division in 1952, and served as its Director of Design until 1973. On Feb. 20, join us for a comprehensive overview of the prolific designer’s legacy and his work for Herman Miller. A special reception with Girard’s grandchildren will follow. Visit modernismweek.com for details.
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In 2009, it became a non-profit organisation, and it established an annual scholarship programme for local high school seniors pursuing college educations in the fields of architecture and design.
William Krisel achieved what most architects could not: designing innovative, practical, and stylish residences with the look of custom construction that could sell for the cost of a tract home. His work transformed Palm Springs and firmly established it as a Mecca of desert modernism. Come February, modernists will be able to experience Krisel’s legacy in a special tour of several homes in the Twin Palms Neighborhood. Tickets still available! Visit modernismweek.com for details.
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It continues to provide financial support to local and state preservation organisations and neighbourhood groups in their efforts to preserve modernist architecture throughout California.
Save Iconic Architecture (SIA) is a non-profit foundation championing the fight to preserve significant architecture as art via “Protection – Preservation – Awareness.” The award-winning @thelautnercompound designed by this year’s Palm Springs Walk of Stars recipient, John Lautner, stands as a testament to the preservation efforts of local organizations like SIA. Tour the property while mingling with industry leaders, fellow preservationists and midcentury aficionados during “Hotel Lautner – A Night for Preservation.” Visit modernismweek.com for details.
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One of the week’s most highly-anticipated events is the 17th annual Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale at the Palm Springs Convention Center, which will offer furniture, decorative and fine arts representing design movements of the 20th Century.
Bring out your backpacks and strap on your hiking boots for an adventurous home tour to the rustic outposts of Pioneertown, Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree. The Mojave Desert Trip will take us through gnarly Joshua Trees and into the interiors of homesteads, ranches, prefabs and midcentury modern-inspired contemporary architecture. Link in profile for more about this newly added tour 🌵
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