A world-famous mecca of Mid-century Modern architecture and design, the Greater Palm Springs area will welcome a new museum dedicated to the art of architecture. In an iconic, classic 1960s Mid-century Modern international style building in downtown Palm Springs, the Architecture and Design Center will open November 9, 2014.
The Palm Springs area is known for Desert Modernism, which took its cue from Le Corbusier, Gropius, Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright, and is expressed in preserved historic neighborhoods, homes of Hollywood stars, striking desert landscaping, and spectacular civic structures that capture the glamour of midcentury lifestyles.
The sophisticated, often minimalist architectural style is comprised of glass walls and windows, open floor plans, dramatic rooflines, and flow between interior and exterior spaces––all elements that are showcased in monumental style in the new museum, making it a major attraction for visitors. This will be the country's first free-standing architecture and design museum housed in a historic, Mid-century Modern building.
A hugely popular 11-day event held in Palm Springs area in February, Modernism Week features design, architecture, art, fashion and culture. 100 events include:
- home tours; walking, garden & bike tours; double-decker architectural bus tours
- films, lectures, Modernism Show, nightly parties
- prefab Showcase and Modern Living Expo
- tours of Sunnylands
- vintage fashion, classic cars
- vintage travel trailer expo and more!
In October, a “mini Modernism Week” is a lively preview of the February blockbuster, with several walking and driving tours, such as:
- Golden Era Hollywood Homes"
- Heart of the City Historical
- Stars and Star-chitects, and events
All year round, Palm Springs Modern Tours conducts small group tours that feature stories of architects, designers and builders who contributed to the city's modernist legacy and the actors and Hollywood elites who lived and played here in the 1940s, 50s and 60s.
Author of the best-selling book Julius Shulman: Palm Springs, Michael Stern is famous for his long-popular, 2.5 hour expedition, The Modern Tour. He leads small groups to some of Greater Palm Springs' finest examples of Mid-century Modern architecture, while discussing such noted architects as Richard Neutra, John Lautner, Donald Wexler, E. Stewart Williams and William Cody, to name just a few. Unlike other tours, Stern's includes visits to interiors of selected homes. He is known throughout the modernist world as a museum curator, documentary film producer, and lecturer.
A cultural tour curator, Karen Misuraca is a travel writer and the author of several guidebooks, including Backroads of the California Wine Country; Backroads of the California Coast, and Fun with the Family Northern California. Check out Karen's iPhone app, California Coast North.