Known to many as the Golf Capital of the World and a haven for retirees seeking the better life, Palm Springs is finding a second calling as a cultural destination for new generations of architecture and design fans. Over the past fifteen years, the city has become recognized as a goldmine of mid-century modern architecture, design, and style – a throwback to the days when Hollywood’s biggest stars would escape the glitz and glamour of the silver screen by hiding out in this desert playground and a look forward at what modernism means today in a contemporary context.
From celebrity estates to modernist classics like the Kaufmann Desert House, Palm Springs gives visitors a unique perspective on a seminal period in American Architecture. As a celebration of Palm Spring’s importance in midcentury design, for the second year in a row, Palm Springs Modernism Week organizers are giving design aficionados a sneak peek of what to expect in February by hosting a series of signature architectural bus tours as part of the DOCOMOMO National Tour Day, with four days of design-filled events on October 5-8, 2012.
In an effort to raise the awareness of and appreciation for buildings, interiors, neighborhoods and landscapes designed in the United States during the mid-20th century, the DOCOMOMO (International Working Party for DOcumentation and COnservation of Buildings, Sites and Neighborhoods of the MOdern MOvement) Tour Day will invite people from across the nation to participate in one of the largest events devoted to the appreciation of American Architecture. To see what other states have in store, check out the National Tour page for more information.
If you’re in the SoCal area, don’t miss this opportunity to hop on a double decker bus and explore the architectural gems of Palm Springs. These tours are often the first to sell out during Palm Springs Modernism Week so consider this an extra chance to catch this epic ride. Book tickets now at www.modernismweek.com.
DOCOMOMO National Tour Day/Modernism Week events:
Double Decker Architectural Tours – October 5, 2012
Double Decker Architectural Tours – October 6, 2012
Double Decker Architectural Tours – October 7, 2012
Double Decker Architectural Tours – October 8, 2012
Modernism Week Cocktail Party – October 6, 2012