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Modernism Week – October

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Welcome to Modernism Week – October: Celebrating Midcentury Modern Architecture and Design

Get ready to step back in time and immerse yourself in the iconic world of midcentury modern architecture and design. Modernism Week – October, taking place the 19th – 22nd, celebrates the influential movement that left an indelible mark on the architectural landscape of Palm Springs. It features more than 50 events. From captivating shows and inspiring walking tours to exclusive home tours, presentations, and bus tours, there’s something for everyone during this annual event.

See a list of tickets to all events.

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Take A Bus Tour

For a comprehensive exploration of Palm Springs’ midcentury modern treasures, join one of the bus tours offered during Modernism Week. Hop onboard a comfortable bus and take a guided journey through the city’s most significant architectural landmarks. From residential neighborhoods to iconic hotels and public buildings, these bus tours offer a captivating glimpse into the history and evolution of midcentury modern design.

Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour: Modernism Week’s signature bus tour! The Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour provides guests with an overview of the most significant midcentury architectural treasures of Palm Springs. Other dates are sold out. Tickets

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Enjoy a Neighborhood Walking Tour

Explore the beautiful neighborhoods of Palm Springs on foot with informative walking tours. Led by knowledgeable guides, these tours offer insights into the history, architecture, and design principles behind the iconic midcentury modern homes that dot the city. Get up close and personal with iconic structures created by renowned architects like Richard Neutra and Albert Frey.

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Inns, Architecture and Glamour: See the vintage hotels that still provide the “Rich and Famous” with seclusion and relaxation. Stroll among these charming and beautiful boutique inns as you hear fascinating tales of history. 8:30 am

Boomtown: Revel in the Revivals: Follow the footsteps of desert dreamers from 1925 to the present era. This uptown design district is one of the most historic and colorful in the city. 8:30 am

Giants of Architecture: See how desert Modern design was applied to commercial buildings in the heart of the fashion and finance district in Palm Springs. 2 hours. 8:30 am

Heart of the City: Pioneers to Playground of the Stars:  Explore the dynamic past and vibrant present of this world-famous desert getaway while strolling the Walk of Stars. Learn how Hollywood stars, part of our local scene, made Palm Springs their playground. 8:30 am

Hidden Paradise: Show Biz Legends’ Hideaways: The Mesa is a beautiful secluded neighborhood with a fascinating assortment of eclectic architecture. It boasts one of Palm Springs’ most stunning architectural anomalies, the Santorini House. 8:30 am

Modernist Treasures: Lush Living on the Links: On ancestral land of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is an attractive collection of luxurious Modernist residences with impressive landscapes lining the historic Indian Canyons Golf Resort. 8:30 am

Modernism Week Home Tour

Atomic Ranch Tours: A Twin Palms Homeowners Journey  From the pink front door to the pink kitchen countertops, see how one couple bridged original features with modern updates in a way that perfectly honors the mid-mod aesthetic. 12 & 5 pm

Shangri-La of the Stars: Midcentury Showcase: Stroll through this pristine midcentury neighborhood with its collection of elegant Modernist homes, designed by the desert’s most revered architects. 8:30 am

Twin Palms Estates Exteriors Walking Tour: Krisel with the Alexanders Ushered in a New Design Era: View stunning modern architecture with its iconic soaring “butterfly” rooflines in the first midcentury neighborhood built by the Alexander Construction Co. in Palm Springs. 8:30 am

Tours of Homes

One of the highlights of Modernism Week is the chance to step inside some of the most stunning midcentury modern homes in Palm Springs. The Home Tours provide exclusive access to private residences that have been meticulously preserved or thoughtfully restored to their original splendor. Marvel at the clean lines, open layouts, and innovative design elements that epitomize the midcentury modern aesthetic.

Atomic Ranch at the Kirk Douglas Estate: A Talk & Tour: Atomic Ranch magazine hosts a poolside interview with the owners of The Kirk Douglas Estate, constructed in 1954 by master builder Bob Higgins and designed by none other than Wexler & Harrison. 3 pm

Watch A Film

Double Feature! BothAlbert Frey Films – Part 1 and Part II: Experience both Albert Frey films with one specially priced ticket. Annenberg Theatre. 9 am


FILM – Back to the House of Tomorrow: Back by popular demand! Discover the story of a house important for its role in Palm Springs and Hollywood history, and for its personal themes of family and community, tragedy and renewal. Annenberg Theatre. 5 pm

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Learn from a Presentation

Expand your knowledge and understanding of midcentury modern architecture and design through engaging presentations by industry experts. These presentations cover various topics, including the history of the movement, its influence on contemporary design, and the preservation efforts to safeguard these architectural treasures for future generations.

Albert Frey’s 1931 Aluminaire House and Its Influence on American Modernism: In celebration of the groundbreaking for the 1931 Aluminaire House, Leo Marmol will explore the impact this structure had on American Modernism design. A reception follows in the sculpture garden. Annenberg Theatre. 1 pm

Albert Frey’s 1931 Aluminaire House™ and Its Influence on American Modernism

Charles Phoenix: Big Retro Trailer Slide Show Live On Stage! A spirited live performance celebrating classic and kitschy midcentury mobile homes and vintage travel trailers. Annenberg Theatre. 3 pm

Shop the Modernism Fall Show

The 9th annual Palm Springs Modernism Fall Show, held during Modernism Week – October, will open Friday evening, October 20, and feature dealers new to the show and returning dealers that have participated in previous shows. The Fall Show returns with 45 premier national and international exhibitors offering the BEST of midcentury and modern design. This popular show, which runs October 20-22, will be held in the Palm Springs Convention Center, located at 277 North Avenida Caballeros. It is a more intimate version of the annual Palm Springs Modernism Show held in February.

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Opening Night Party

On Friday evening, October 20, attendees are invited to attend the festive Opening Night Party and Early Buying Preview Reception at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Friday night party offers the perfect opportunity for attendees to shop directly from dealers before the show opens to the public on Saturday. Tickets are available in advance for $95 or at the door for $110 and include daily re-entry to the show. Weekend show hours are Saturday, October 21, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, October 22, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets

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Whether you’re an architecture enthusiast, design aficionado, or simply curious about the midcentury modern movement, Modernism Week – October is an event not to be missed. Immerse yourself in the spirit of this iconic era, learn from experts, and experience firsthand the enduring appeal of midcentury modern architecture and design.

So mark your calendars for Modernism Week – October and get ready to discover the magic of Palm Springs’ midcentury modern heritage. Embrace the clean lines, bold colors, and innovative designs that have captivated generations, and be inspired to bring a touch of midcentury modern style into your own life.

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