*Palm Springs Modern Heritage Fund Iconic Tour of the Arthur Elrod Residence

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In one way or another you have probably heard that Modernism Week is taking place right now in Palm Springs.  Modernism Week is an 11 day event dedicated to bringing awareness to architecture and mid century style.

When talking with our peers, we realize that many young people are interested in MW events, however have yet to actually attend any.  Seems to be that the prices to some of the big events can come off as a bit intimidating.  So, we had to put an end to that.  Modernism Week is way to inspiring to miss!!  And the reputation that the events are too expensive is very misleading.  To prove this to you we have compiled our list of  last minute MW events that are either inexpensive or FREE!

Look through the list and time of events below and hopefully we will see you at a few of them!  Make sure to @TheCVArtScene

For more info: www.ModernismWeek.com

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MUST DO’s!!!

So, before we dive into all events that are free (or the closest thing to free), please take note of these couple highlighted events that we recommend everyone to attend.  The Tour Bus, in particular, is a great starter.  It’s a 3 hour bus tour that travels through all the architecturally significant neighborhoods in Palm Springs.  And yes, you need 3 hours to cover all territory.  The length of the tour and all the knowledge you can learn aboreally puts it into perspective how architecturally significant the Palm Springs area is.

The PreFab Showcase makes your brain really start ticking.  Shows you how to use the most out of your small space, and what the future of living will be.

Those are just a few starters

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Modernism Week Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours

Hilton Palm Springs, Calle Encilia Entrance
400 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262
8:30 AM, 9:30 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM
$75

The Modernism Week Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours are a comprehensive overview of the exteriors of Palm Springs’ finest architecture from a vantage point not often experienced – the upper deck of a modern double decker bus.

The tours feature entire neighborhoods and areas of the city that have made Palm Springs world famous for architecture. Designed to be fun and enlightening, the tours feature the two predominate architectural styles of Palm Springs – mid-century modern and Desert Spanish.

Tour highlights include the renowned Neutra Kaufmann Desert House and the Wexler Steel Houses, along with homes of the rich and famous, such as the striking architectural homes of Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.

The Desert Spanish roots of Palm Springs are seen, including the O’Donnell House and the splendid estate, Villa Paradiso. Many of the city’s architecturally significant civic and commercial buildings are also a part of the tour, including Palm Springs City Hall, Saint Theresa Catholic Church and the iconic Tramway gas station, now the Palm Springs Visitors Center, which will be the midway stop of the tour.

Special Instructions or Restrictions:

Advance purchase is required. Please check in for your tour at least 15 minutes prior to departure time. All seats are on the upper deck and exposed to the elements. Weather in Palm Springs could be warm and sunny or could be cool. Hats and sunscreen are recommended for sunny warm days, jackets or sweaters for cool days so please dress accordingly. Stairs are required to reach the upper deck; only the lower deck is wheelchair accessible. A comfort stop will be made mid-tour.

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Prefab Showcase and Modern Living Expo

Expo Village
384 N Indian Canyon Drive
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
$10

The Prefab Showcase and Modern Living Expo are back for a third year by popular demand! Experience the innovation of prefab architecture and the largest local collection of new modern design for your home and everyday living. Paired together in a fun and welcoming outdoor “village” on Indian Canyon Drive near Alejo in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, numerous prefab homes and structures will be open for touring, while the massive Modern Living Expo tent will feature the latest in smart home technology, green products, solar energy, new modern furniture, and finishes. Architects and designers will answer questions and participate in various informative and thought provoking seminars. Come relax and enjoy live music and deejays provided by Hot Purple Energy. Gourmet food trucks will also be on hand to create the perfect modern village that you won’t want to leave! Families welcome. Kids 12 & under free.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST

Uptown Design District Late Night Walk

Uptown District
N Palm Canyon Drive between Alejo and Vereda Norte
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Free
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Welcome Modernists!

To accommodate your busy schedules of Modernism events, the Uptown Design District is offering extended shopping hours on the evening of February 21, 2014. Enjoy a stroll in this celebrated Palm Springs shopping district and discover interesting and unusual décor, fashion, art, food, and drink. If you are a modernism fan or aficionado, you won’t want to miss this night under the stars. Specialty cocktails, music, shopping, drawings and fun; come join us and visit these participating locally-owned businesses:

5001 Home Collection, a La MOD Inc, Archangel Gallery, Bon Vivant, Boulevard, Déjà vu Vintage Finery, Design 849, Highest Form, Interior Illusions, JILL, Jorge Mendez Gallery, Just Fabulous, Just Modern, Koffi, Michael’s Custom Framing & Gallery, Modern Way, ModShop – Room Service, Nandina Organics, notNeutral, Pelago, Raymond Lawrence, Read Brown Hair Salon, Retro Etcetera, Shag the Store, Stephen Archdeacon Gallery, The Shops at Thirteen Forty-Five, Trend House, Trina Turk, Trio, Wil Stiles, Woodman Shimko Gallery

CLICK below for the Palm Springs Life Uptown Guide:
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Modernism Week Show House 2014: The Christopher Kennedy Compound Home Tour

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Location provided after purchased ticket.
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
$35
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Open to the public for the first time, Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine’s Modernism Week Show House: The Christopher Kennedy Compound, celebrates the Palm Springs legacy of mid-century modern architecture and jet set American style. Specifically created to raise funds for Modernism Week and other preservation efforts, this quintessential desert remodel respects the property’s architectural pedigree while updating it with the best and brightest materials in modern design.

This showcase home, named for tastemaker Christopher Kennedy, who spearheaded the project, includes rooms created by today’s most respected voices in interior design and home furnishings including Celerie Kemble, Jiun Ho, Trina Turk, Lori Dennis,Patrick Dragonette, Thomas Lavin, Sammy Castro, Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield. This architecturally significant John Caranci home, inspired by the work of Stan Sackley, circa 1971, has been reimagined for today’s style of Southern California living by this unparalleled roster of celebrity designers. Their vision has been brought to life by First Atrium Construction in partnership with Cosentino, Crossville, Aran Cucine, Neo-Metro, Gessi, LaCantina Doors, Crestron Electronics, Sherwin-Williams, Monica Stone Fabrication and more than three dozen local and national residential design resources like Pirch, Egg & Dart Showrooms, Savage Home and Modern Home.

Special Instructions or Restrictions:

Each tour starts on the hour and lasts 45 minutes to one hour. Please no children below the age of 5. No pets. No professional photography. Location to be revealed at time of ticket purchase.

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Mid-Century in Honolulu – Aloha From a Mid-Century Paradise on The Verge of Change

Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs Art Museum,
101 N. Museum Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
$12
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Come visit the ‘aloha’ days of Elvis, dingbat apartments and mid-century island masterpieces in this casual, conversational and image-filled presentation by renowned modernism designer Brad Dunning.After the end of World War II Honolulu experienced an unprecedented growth that reached its peak in the ‘50s and ‘60s. With cheaper air flights and soldiers who had been exposed to the area returning, tourism exploded. All of America became enamored with Hawaii and the entire South Pacific mythology expressed by Broadway hits and backyard tiki torches. They flocked to experience its style and sensual hedonism in person. Honolulu was the epicenter. Waikiki especially exploded with growth and density.

Work by I.M Pei, Minoru Yamasaki, John Carl Warneke and especially the lesser known but no less great local island architect, Vladimir Ossipoff, will be discussed, viewed and most of all appreciated. Not forgotten in this recognition are the numerous, ubiquitous concrete apartment blocks that boast exuberant original detailing and signage – now faded, rotting and neglected – period relics against the pro-development tides of change engulfing the Honolulu area.

Revel in the unique combination of mid-century style in a tropical setting. Unlike Palm Springs and other areas that have embraced mid-century modernism and fought for its preservation, Honolulu is quickly and unapologetically erasing its mid-century past. Wallow in and enjoy it while it lasts.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND

Mid-century Bike Ride of South Palm Springs, Hot Purple Energy Style

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The Saguaro Palm Springs
1800 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264
10:00 AM and 10:30 AM
Free

Hot Purple Energy is pleased to host a scenic bicycle tour through iconic south Palm Springs neighborhoods, complete with refreshments and a short lecture midway at a private home, live music, snacks, drinks and classic Hot Purple Energy hospitality. The mapped tour takes you through the beautiful Deep Well, Twin Palms and Indian Canyons neighborhoods that exemplify significant mid-century modern architecture, some with aesthetically applied solar systems by Hot Purple Energy.

Hot Purple Energy’s co-sponsor, the Palm Springs Sustainability Committee, will be on hand with updated City Bike information, maps and giveaways. This is a great way to see Palm Springs iconic architecture and neighborhoods. After the bike ride The Saguaro is offering a lunch special at its restaurant El Jefe, located adjacent to the hotel’s lobby.

Bikes will be available to rent at check-in.

Special Instructions or Restrictions:

Check in between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to receive tour map and enjoy live music by the Hot Purple Energy All Stars. RSVP at rsvp22@hotpurpleenergy.com or by calling 760-322-4433.

 

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Vintage Travel Trailer Show

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Hilton Hotel, Parking Lot
400 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Adults $15, Students $10, Children 12 & under Free

Vintage travel trailers are all the rage at Modernism Week! Visit this incredible collection of authentic and beautifully restored trailers in a festive, outdoor showplace located directly behind the Hilton Palm Springs. Bring the whole family to tour the interiors of these amazing, one-of-a-kind vintage travel trailers. Owners from across the West will be on hand to talk about their trailer’s history, restoration and travels. The show will also feature a variety of booths with a fun mix of gifts, art, and products for sale that relate to the Vintage Trailer lifestyle.

Hotel accommodations for the vintage trailer owners provided at The Monroe Hotel, Palm Springs.

Special Instructions or Restrictions:
This event is not wheel chair accessible.

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Lecture: Hugh M. Kaptur, AIA – Gentle Giant of Desert Design

Palm Springs Public Library
300 S. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, 92262
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Free
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In conjunction with the exhibit at the Palm Springs Public Library, Matt Burkholz will present a lecture focusing on Hugh M. Kaptur’s commercial and civic architecture design in Palm Springs. Following the timeline of design and construction and with multiple images, Mr. Kaptur’s influence on the streetscape of Palm Springs will be discovered anew.

Hugh M. Kaptur, who was one of the youngest of Palm Springs’s mid-century modern architects, has gained continued recognition and in recent years, a renewed interest for his work. During a trip to Palm Springs in 1956, Kaptur fell in love with the desert and has remained here ever since. From his first project, The Impala Lodge in 1957 and onward through the years, he has been a major force in the Coachella Valley’s built environment, designing over 200 residences, commercial and recreation centers, hotels, fashionable apartment complexes, celebrity homes for the likes of Steve McQueen and William Holden, and even neighborhood-friendly fire stations.

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Special Instructions or Restrictions:

The Library opens at 10:00 a.m. ; seating will be first Come, first served, 10 minutes prior to the start of lecture.

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Illuminated Modern

Self-guided tour; check-in not required.
5:00 PM – Midnight
Free
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Illuminated Modern is a free nightly exhibition along Palm Canyon Drive that showcases a specially curated selection of mid-century and contemporary buildings designed by prominent desert architects. The building exteriors will be illuminated with a variety of specialty lighting styles and artistic colors projected onto the structures revealing the name of the architect and year of construction.Download the map and enjoy your self-guided tour of the architectural highlights of downtown Palm Springs, at night.
Special Instructions or Restrictions:

Please see map.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD

Vintage Travel Trailer Show

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Hilton Hotel, Parking Lot
400 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Adults $15, Students $10, Children 12 & under Free

Vintage travel trailers are all the rage at Modernism Week! Visit this incredible collection of authentic and beautifully restored trailers in a festive, outdoor showplace located directly behind the Hilton Palm Springs. Bring the whole family to tour the interiors of these amazing, one-of-a-kind vintage travel trailers. Owners from across the West will be on hand to talk about their trailer’s history, restoration and travels. The show will also feature a variety of booths with a fun mix of gifts, art, and products for sale that relate to the Vintage Trailer lifestyle.

Hotel accommodations for the vintage trailer owners provided at The Monroe Hotel, Palm Springs.

Special Instructions or Restrictions:
This event is not wheel chair accessible.

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