Modernism Week Discovery: Walter S White

73271 Buckboard Trail, Palm Desert Photo George Gutenberg

Walter S White – Modernism Week Discoveries As we suit up for MW 2017 to learn more about this genre, it might be good to recall that we’ve learned a lot in the past. One such discovery at MW 2016 was the little-known Mid-Century Modern architect Walter S White who did memorable structures from Palm Springs to Indio, as well as work in Colorado and Los Angeles. He was first introduced to us in a blog by Professor Volker M. Welter, in 2015, who later did a lecture on the architect at MW 2016. Photo by George Gutenberg Professor Welter also authored “Projects and Inventions in Architecture”, published by the Art, Design and Architecture, UCSB.  This book provides a thorough review of his work and working life with details, background, drawings, locations and photographs. It can be ordered here. Thus the architect has been moved from being little known to well recognized. The […]

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Modernism Week Fall Preview

Modernism Week Fall Preview 2016

Modernism Week Fall Preview October 21-23, 2016   The Modernism Week Fall Preview is an abbreviated version of the ten-day 2017 Modernism Week February 16 -26, 2017, founded in 2009, that brings visitors from all over the world. Many of the ten-day event historical tours, social gatherings, lectures and other functions are available at the Fall Preview. It’s reported that the Coachella Valley had 60,000 international visitors for Modernism Week last year. This preview weekend provides a wonderful opportunity to attend and enjoy the events without the congestion of the main event early next year. As part of the events planned by the Modernism Week Fall Preview organizers, the Architecture and Design Center of the Palm Springs Art Museum will have a number of planned events including tours of the wonderful Frey House II. The Preview will also coincide with a new exhibit at The Architecture & Design Center, a […]

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Modernism Week 2016

Mid-Century Modern In Tamarisk Rancho, Rancho Mirage

MODERNISM WEEK IN RANCHO MIRAGE   With Modernism Week 2016 fast approaching, fans are looking for new places to visit. Here in Rancho Mirage where the Mid-Century Modern specialist Group Haverkate is based, several events are scheduled. The City of Rancho Mirage is also a Modernism Week sponsor.     Rancho Mirage became a hub of modernist architecture with the development in the mid 1950s of Thunderbird and Tamarisk Country Clubs. Both became the focus of architectural innovation. As the rich and famous flocked further east, so their architects came with them: Cody, Krisel, Williams, Wexler, Lapham, Welton Becket, Pereira, and more designed houses here, while smaller condominium communities were also developed. Tamarisk Ranchos (1958) is a community of 16 individual and unique homes, originally master-planned by famed architect William Krisel and built by Lou Halper’s Devon Construction. It hosted its first Modernism Week tours in 2015 and is welcoming […]

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2016 Palm Springs Modernism Week

Modernism Week 2016

2016 Palm Springs Modernism Week is Almost Here! Plan Your Week If you plan to attend, buy your tickets soon, as the events are being sold out as we speak – about forty as this being typed. Tickets remain for the popular Frey House II tours that are about half sold out and there is one remaining Modernism Week Signature Home tour. There are a number of theme Parties left, which may be a good place to start, or with Neighborhood Home Tours where new neighborhoods are to be seen in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage and Indian Wells. More exclusive home tours may include a reception: Abernathy Residence, Raymond Lowry House, Smoke Tree Ranch, Frank Sinatra Estate, and The Loewe Estate. Be sure to check out the Lectures, thirty-nine alone at the Annenberg Theater, some by famous names, on topics ranging from architects to architecture, art, fashion, design and even Cuba. […]

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What is Mid-Century Modern?

Mid-Century Modern in Palm Springs

The community of Palm Springs, California is home to one of the highest concentrations of Mid-Century Modern architecture in the world, making our community a famous destination for aficionados of all things modern. In fact, each February visitors flock from all over the world to celebrate this design style during our world-renowned Modernism Week, which offers events ranging from architecture tours to art exhibitions, swanky parties to film lectures, and much more. Let’s take a look back at the history of Mid-Century Modern architecture in Palm Springs and how we’ve earned this prestigious reputation. Starting in the 1920’s, Hollywood’s elite found that Palm Springs was the ideal location to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city, yet was close enough to get back to the studios quickly if needed – just a two-hour drive. They and other affluent elite would turn Palm Springs into a private oasis of […]

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Modernism Week 2014

Modernism Week 2016

Modernism Week 2014 in Palm Springs Palm Springs in California has made its name over the years to attract a lot of people from all over the world to the Palm Springs Modernism Week taking place from February 13th till 23rd, 2014.  This is a yearly event celebrating various cool parties, mid-century modern architecture and designs, special touring of homes and other adventures. Additionally to the Bus Tours showing architectural significant homes which runs on a daily basis four times during modernism week, the famous Estate of Annenberg at Sunnylands is open to the public for touring and the Convention Center in Palm Springs is holding the popular Modernism Show.  Another event which should not be missed is the Exposition of expanded Prefab Showcase and Modern Living which include: Modern Mambo! Modernism Week After Dark Opening Night, February 13, 2014 The Caliente Tropics Hotel built in 1964 kicks off the Modernism […]

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Palm Springs Modernism Week Has Something For Everyone

Palm Springs Modernism Week Has Something For Everyone

Palm Springs Modernism Week, Feb. 15 – 24, offers a plethora of events, lectures, tours, films and adventures for the novice to the connoisseur. Modernism Week is a celebration of Mid-Century design, architecture and culture in Palm Springs.  You can begin to absorb the vibe merely by walking around the neighborhoods and along North Palm Canyon’s Uptown District. www.modernismweek.com. A number of free events open to the public are designed for the “impulse” visitor who may not have bought tickets in advance, or who are on a tight budget. Here are some options: Just as Hollywood has its walk of stars, Palm Springs’ downtown sidewalks boasts the names of many stars, celebrities, and notables who have contributed to the city in various ways. Join officials and architectural aficionados on Friday, Feb. 15 as they pay tribute to architect A. Quincy Jones, as his star is added to the walk of […]

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Events for Modernism Week 2013 Announced

  Get ready for Modernism Week 2013, February 14-24, for 11 days of parties, a retro fundraiser, bus tours, lectures and the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale. Palm Springs Preservation Foundation just unveiled four events including PSFP board member Gary Johns’ acclaimed free lecture Lost, Saved & Endangered: Modernist Architecture in Palm Spring; the always popular tour of Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms estate; a new tour of three steel homes; and the signature Retro Martini Party fundraiser. Steel Modern After All These Years, a fascinating and educational new tour, features three steel houses built in 1937, 1962 and 2012:  A rare and remarkably intact early steel house by General Houses (Fisher, 1937); one of the iconic Steel Development Houses (Wexler& Harrison, 1962); and a new steel house constructed by Blue Sky Building Systems (O’Donnell, 2012).  The Wexler/Harrison house was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tour […]

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