Thursday, 13 September 2018 21:46

Visionary Architecture: Modernism Week Fall Preview

Written by Jeff Shotwell
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Palm Springs is well known to have one of the largest collections of mid-century modern architecture anywhere in the United States. A trend that began in the 1930's with the influx of Hollywood's elite looking to create a celebrity escape, this mid-century style blossomed from the visionary architects the A-listers brought along to help them design their leisure estates.Characterized by clean, angular lines, lots of glass, and flat roofs, the modernist architecture fit perfectly in the California desert landscape. With bi-level, wide open floor plans and indoor living spaces that flow smoothly into outdoor ones, the style quickly grew in popularity and expanded by the 1950's from celebrity mansions into larger tracts of homes that carried a much more moderate price tag.

Modernism Week seeks to celebrate the architecture that has made Palm Springs a designated Preserve America City. Though the main event takes place each February, the Fall Preview occurs between October 18th and 21st, giving guests an opportunity to visit and view many modernist treasures.

The Fall Preview includes almost 40 different events. From docent-led tours to lectures and cocktail parties, there are many options to choose from. Take a walking tour through the "Uptown Design District," or get an inside peek at Frank Sinatra's "Twin Palms" estate. See some of the city's most renown architectural areas during a two and a half hour double-decker bus tour, or stroll among classic designs of another kind at a car show showcasing mid-century autos from the 50's through the 70's. A list of all the Fall Preview events, dates, and tickets are available online.

To really enhance your experience at the Modernism Week Fall Preview, make plans to stay at a ModMansions estate! Relax in paradise in a beautiful vacation home designed by acclaimed architects Meiselman or Wexler, or stay in homes within the famed neighborhoods of Deepwell, Old Las Palmas or Movie Colony. 


ModMansions offers the best Palm Springs Rentals available and all of our properties have been remodeled for today's traveler. Check out our Palm Springs vacation homes and Palm Springs luxury vacation rentals and give us a call to book your incredible Palm Springs getaway today (760) 209-4311

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