Struggling to choose between Modernism Week events? When it comes to tours, exhibits, seminars—and let’s be real, parties—the seemingly endless options can make decisions difficult.
Not to fear! We’ve rounded up 8 must-see Modernism Week events that are quite simply too good to miss. We’ll see you there!
8 Must-See Modernism Week Events
All proceeds from this tour benefit The Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS ModCom) a non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of Desert Modern architecture and design. This is accomplished through education, advocacy for threatened buildings, promotion of heritage tourism, and the celebration of successes in preservation and adaptive reuse.
Event dates: Open February 14th – 24th
Event dates: February 16th
Melissa Riche, author of Mod Mirage, the first book to detail the midcentury architecture of Rancho Mirage, shows how the city was transformed into an oasis of influence and important architecture.
Event date: February 15th
Celebrate Modernism poolside with the world-famous Aqualillies, performing their signature blend of dance, synchronized swimming and breathtaking water ballet set to a soundtrack of 1950s remixes.
Event dates: February 15th – 19th
Back by popular demand—and even better! Come dip your toes in the pool and enjoy a refreshing cocktail—all while being let in on the design secrets behind one of Palm Springs’ most stylish pads.
Event dates: February 16th
Modernism Week’s signature tour! The Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour provides guests with a overview of the most significant midcentury architectural treasures of Palm Springs.
Event dates: Limited availability remaining,February 18th – 24th
Explore the private oasis of classic, midcentury “desert modernism” style established by architect William F. Cody.
In 2013, the Villas received the prestigious Palm Springs Historic District Designation. Today, the Villas retain their appearance and footprints, with the 54 Cottages reimagined as 37 private homes. With mountain views at each turn, enjoy wandering along pathways and streams through lush ground designed by noted landscape architect Phil Shipley. As you arrive at each open home, we hope you appreciate Cody’s masterful use of proportion and deft combination of exposed beams and glass. Distinct interpretations of midcentury modern styles are found inside.
Proceeds from Modernism Week 2019 will return the Villas to their original color, and restore the common area windows, pergola and signature Racquet Club “tennis net” shadow blocks. We thank you for your support and welcome your visit.
Event date: February 17th
Event dates: February 14th – 24th