Modernism Week is a spectacular two week celebration of the great architecture in Palm Springs. There are home tours, lectures, films and special gala fundraisers. It is held annually in February. Make sure to book early as soon as the tickets go on sale November 1st of the prior year.
I enjoyed seeing more than 12 homes in Sunmor Estates and nine more in the Imperial South neighborhood that was built in 1961 and designed by Barry A. Berkus, AIA.
Another highlight was the Earl Webster/Andrian Wilson house, christened “Ship of the Desert” in the 1937 cover story for Sunset Magazine calling it “one of the most interesting homes in the west”.
My favorite by far was the Edris House built in 1954 by E. Stewart Williams with wonderful views of the valley from its many floor-to-ceiling plate glass windows.
Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale, Palm Springs Convention Center. As part of Modernism Week, this is is where you will find the premier national and international decorative and fine arts dealers focusing on the modernism and mid-century periods. The annual dates are in mid-February.
Just found an app for the iPad or iPhone from the Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS ModCom) for a mid-century modern house tour.
Make sure to drive by and see the steel homes designed by Donald Wexler on Sunny View Drive. Also recommended is Gypsyland Midcentury and Vintage Fashion for great furniture and clothing. 2675 N Palm Canyon Dr.