One of the most popular features of Modernism Week are the tours. From home tours to walking tours, and even double-decker architectural bus tours, Modernism Week offers modernists several different perspectives for every level of interest. As you can see, many of the tours have already sold out., but do keep checking back in case there are any cancellations.
If you are a member of the media and would like to request a spot on a tour, please be sure to fill out the media registration form. We have a very limited number of spots reserved for credentialed media.
TOURS WITH TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE:
- Marrakesh Design Showcase – Dubbed the “Jewel of the Desert,” this is the Coachella Valley’s first design showcase. Don’t miss this exclusive tour of this modernist moroccan-meets-Hollywood-Regency landmark.
[February 15 – 24 – multiple times. Tickets $35/person, with lunch $55/person. More info here.]
- E. Stewart Williams Temple Isaiah – For the first time, Temple Isaiah will open its doors to Palm Springs’s hidden gem, the original Lieberman sanctuary and Jewish Community Center designed by E. Stewart Williams in 1949. This guided tour will take you back in time to see a magnificent midcentury example of Williams’ work that is almost entirely intact. The tour will also include a display of memorabilia and drawings along with a striking art collection by Yaacov Agam, an Israeli sculptor and experimental artist best known for his contributions to optical and kinetic art. The tour will conclude with a brief presentation featuring rare photos and an overview of the relationship the local Jewish community had with E. Stewart Williams, Frank Sinatra, and the Hope and Hearst families.
[February 15 – multiple times. Tickets $15/person. More info here.]
- Royal Hawaiian Estates Tour – Architects Donald Wexler and Richard Harrison combined modernist ideas with Polynesian themes when designing the Royal Hawaiian Estates in south Palm Springs. Constructed in 1959 and 1960, the complex has 12 buildings with 40 units on five acres. Wooden Tiki ornaments and other decorative details give the buildings and the grounds a tropical feel.
[February 17 – 10am to 1pm. Tickets $35/person. Register here.]
- Frey House II – A perennial favorite, the Frey House II seems to grow out naturally from the craggy rocks of the San Jacinto mountain overlooking Palm Springs. Architect Albert Frey spent years measuring the movement of the sun and the contours of the rocks before he selected the site for his modernism home. Widely praised as a landmark example of desert modernism, the Frey House tours nearly always sell out in October. New tickets have just been released for this tour.
[Multiple dates. Limited tickets still available, $50/person. Register here.]
SOLD OUT TOURS:
- Sunnylands Tours – Designed by A. Quincy Jones in the mid 60s for Walter and Leonore Annenberg, Sunnylands is arguably one of the only purely modernist estates in the United States. Many key figures of the 20th century enjoyed relaxing as guests at Sunnylands. The list includes seven U.S. presidents, the British royal family, and Hollywood icons like Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Stewart, Ginger Rogers, and many others.
- Racquet Club Estates 5th Annual Home Tour – This tour features seven unique Alexander homes built in the late 50s and early 60s designed by William Krisel and Donald Wexler, respectively. The homes feature that tell tale midcentury vernacular, including wafer-thin rooflines, clerestory windows, post and beam construction, expansive walls of glass, and tongue and groove ceilings. A collection of classic cars will grace the homes, taking visitors back in time. A celebrity guest speaker will follow the tour at m Modern Gallery.
- Walking Tours of Celebrity Homes – Vista Las Palmas – This exteriors-only walking tour of celebrity homes in the Vista Las Palmas development indulges even the most curious lookiloos.
- Architectural Bus Tours – Modernism Week is adding three times as many architectural bus tours this years. Hop on the open-topped double decker bus to get a bird’s eye view of some of Palm Springs’ most memorable architectural landmarks. Your ride will be departing several times daily from the Hilton Hotel. Choose from the Premiere (3 hours) or the Express (2 hours).
[Multiple dates. Tickets $60 or $75/person. Register here.]
- PS Mod Com Iconic Home Tour – Tour the William Cody Glass House
- Vista Las Palmas Homes and Interiors Tour – A peek inside some of the most notable homes in the Vista Las Palmas neighborhood.
- Modernism Week Tour One – Tour five spectacular modernist homes chosen for their architecture, interior design, and gardens that epitomize the gracious lifestyle of this unique desert oasis. The tour includes a wine and cheese reception at the last house along with a keepsake tour program and map. These homes are not repeated on the Modernism Week Tour Two.
- Modernism Week Tour Two – Tour five spectacular modernist homes chosen for their architecture, interior design, and gardens that epitomize the gracious lifestyle of this unique desert oasis. The tour includes a wine and cheese reception at the last house along with a keepsake tour program and map. These homes are not repeated on the Modernism Week Tour One.
- Seven Lakes Country Club Walking Home Tour – On February 19, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson and former President Dwight D. Eisenhower enjoyed 18 holes of golf at Seven Lakes Country Club. This historic meeting of “the Presidents” played a significant role in establishing Palm Springs as the “playground of the Presidents.” Forty-five years later, on President’s Day, February 18, 2013, the public will have the first opportunity to step “inside the gates” and tour this magnificent country club. Fourteen private residences will be open to tour goers.
- Modern Garden Tour – A tour of amazing residential landscapes around Palm Springs.
- Steel Modern After All These Years Tour – Steel Modern After All These Years is a fascinating and educational tour of three steel houses built in 1937, 1962 and 2012, hosted by the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation.
- Sandpiper Walking Architectural Tour – A walking tour back through time followed by reception.
- Arthur Elrod Residence – Explore the original 1950’s home of one of the leading modernist designers of the time, Arthur Elrod,which has remained unchanged and is a hallmark of contemporary high-style easy living.
- Edris House, E. Stewart Williams, 1954 – Designed by architect E. Stewart Williams in 1954, the home has been widely published and represents one of the finest examples of Mid Century Modern architecture in Southern California.
- William Krisel Twin Palms – See one of the first homes constructed by the legendary Alexander Construction Company. Designed by William Krisel and Dan Palmer for the Alexander’s in 1956, this home and its surrounding neighbors comprised the first truly modern tract neighborhood in Palm Springs. Guests will be able to meet the original architect, William Krisel, who will also be available to sign his latest limited edition architectural rendering prints.