MODERNISM 101 TOUR

Mid-Century modern design, architecture, and culture in Palm Springs
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PRICE

Adults - $75

Seniors 65+ - $70

Children 5-12 - $60

TIME

Tour lasts approx. 2 hours

DAYS

Everyday

REQUIREMENTS

Advance purchase required

Midcentury Modern HomeCome join us on the fun and facinating tour of the Mid-Century modern design, architecture and the culture in Palm Springs. On Palm Spring's Main drag sits one of the City's oldest architectural touchstones, a concrete bell tower salvaged from the long gone Oasis Hotel which was designed by Lloyd Wright (son of Frank) in 1924.

Catch glimpses of the iconic Albert Frey-designed Tramway Gas Station, Richard Nertra's 1946 Kaufmann Desert House and the mass-produced but stunning alexander homes that your guide will identify by pointing out the four key components--"garage, breezeway, windows, wall"--in their various arrangements. And we also throw in some of our Celebrity's along the way. This is a fun-filled 2 hours!

Palm Springs has plenty to offer fans of architecture, Having that special person who is in the know of all this will give your that A-Ha Moment.. We will take you through the city's diverse neighborhoods and see the many treasures and tell all the fascinating history of Palm Springs. You will see homes by noted architects, celebrity homes, film locations, preserved commercial buildings and public architecture.

Notable Palm Springs Architects

  • Albert Frey, 1903-1998
  • John Porter Clark, 1905-1991
  • E. Stewart Williams, 1905-2005
  • William F. Cody, 1916-1978
  • Robson Chambers, 1919-1999

Architects who worked in the area

  • A. Quincy Jones, 1913-1979
  • Lloyd Wright, 1890-1978
  • A. Lawrence Kocher, 1885-1969
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