Palm Springs Preservation Foundation
 

PSPF Modernism Week Events – February 14-24, 2019

PSPF Modernism Show & Sale Booth

Saturday-Monday, February 16-18, 2019

Time: Sat 10AM-6PM, Sun 10AM-5PM, Mon 10AM-4PM
Location: PSPF Booth at the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale

We invite you to visit the PSPF booth at the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale and talk with PSPF board members and volunteers about ongoing historic preservation initiatives. (Photo PSPF)

 

 

William Holden Estate Tour

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Time: Noon-4PM
Location: 1323 South Driftwood Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Cost: $40 BUY TICKETS

Experience a spectacular combination of modernist architecture and interior design when you tour the William Holden Estate (also known as the George F. & Marcia Barrett Residence) in the historic Deepwell Estates neighborhood. Designed by master builder Joe Pawling (who constructed some of Wexler & Harrison’s most admired designs), the residence is notable for its one-acre "through-lot," its walls of glass and, most importantly, its sublime modernist post-and-beam construction. Built for the Barrett’s in 1955, the house was later purchased by actor William Holden who owned the property from 1966 until 1977. Holden is best remembered for his roles in “Sunset Boulevard,” “Stalag 17” (for which he won an Oscar in 1954), “The Bridge On the River Kwai,” and “Network.” Through the efforts of the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation the residence was designated a Class 1 Historic Site by the city of Palm Springs in March of 2018. (Photo courtesy Bennion Deville Homes)

Powelson x Two: Maranz & Marx Tour

Monday, February 18, 2019

Time:11AM-3PM
Location: 70-551 Tamarisk Lane, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Cost: $50 BUY TICKETS

Take a tour of TWO of structural engineer and architectural designer Val Powelson’s most spectacular residential commissions, the Gummo Marx Residence (also known as the “Sputnik House”) and the Leo and Ester Maranz Residence (also known as the “Gull Wing House”). Sited on the Tamarisk Country Club, and designed in 1957 and 1960 respectively, both homes are midcentury architectural wonders rarely open to the public. The Maranz Residence appears on the cover of the book Palm Springs Weekend and became part of television history in 2003 when it served as the backdrop for the reality show “Boy Meets Boy.” The Marx Residence is currently nearing the end of a sensitive renovation giving tourgoers an opportunity to see some of the remarkable results. (Photo courtesy Jim Riche)

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Maranz House is on a multiple-house Preservation Mirage tour later in Modernism Week so plan your ticket buying accordingly.

 

The “Grand” Canyon View Estates Tour

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Time: 10AM-1PM
Location: 2388 & 2396 South Sierra Madre, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Cost: $65 BUY TICKETS

The “grandest” and the original! Featuring a stunning variety of modernist interiors, this tour will showcase at least nine midcentury “lifestyle” condominium units designed by the architectural firm of Palmer & Krisel in 1962. The strong midcentury architecture of Canyon View Estates (which includes the exuberant use of patterned concrete screen block) is frequently featured in national and international design and fashion magazines. Your ticket puts you inside the architecture so you can see how deftly the architects’ double-gable roof lines bring mountain views and abundant natural light into the interiors. The ticket price includes a collectible tour map and a copy of PSPF’s popular 40-page tribute journal The Architecture of Desert Leisure. A portion of the proceeds will help fund PSPF grants to the participating Canyon View Estates homeowners associations. (Photo courtesy Mood Creative)

James Logan Abernathy Residence Tour

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Time: Noon-4PM
Location: 611 North Phillips Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Cost: $45 BUY TICKETS

Usually only seen on small and exclusive architectural tours, PSPF is proud to make the Abernathy Residence available to a broader audience. Designed by midcentury architect William F. Cody for millionaire socialite James Logan Abernathy in 1962, the 4,680-square foot pavilion-style house was notably featured in both the Dec/Jan 2011/2012 issue of Australia's Belle magazine and the May 2012 issue of French Architectural Digest. The home features a stunning interior which is liberally appointed with rare midcentury furniture and decorative arts by a host of important French and American craftsmen and designers. Tourgoers will receive an informational handout. (Photo PSPF)

 

Lost, Saved & Endangered: Modernist Architecture in Palm Springs

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

GaryTime: 9-10AM
Location: Palm Springs Woman’s Club, 314 South Cahuilla Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Cost: Free, however, reservations are required

Join us for Palm Springs Preservation Foundation board member Gary Johns’ popular slide lecture, Lost, Saved & Endangered: Modernist Architecture in Palm Springs. This entertaining and informative lecture is a Modernism Week favorite and is replete with amusing anecdotes and rarely seen vintage photos. (Photos courtesy David Lee and Jim Riche)

The Architecture of Hugh M. Kaptur

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

KeylonTime: 11AM-Noon
Location: Palm Springs Woman’s Club, 314 South Cahuilla Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Cost: Free, however, reservations are required

PSPF board member Steven Keylon, an architectural historian and author, will explore the life and many-faceted career of Palm Springs architect Hugh M. Kaptur, the last remaining architect of the legendary school of Palm Springs Modern architects. After working as a designer at General Motors in Detroit, Kaptur arrived in Palm Springs in 1956, as the first wave of modernist design was taking off. He worked first with architect Donald Wexler before launching his own career. The lecture will touch on major themes in Kaptur's work, from early post-and-beam Desert Modern; his bold organic sculptural architecture; his exploration of Brutalism, and designs utilizing strong geometric forms, and will draw heavily from Keylon’s research for a new PSPF book on Kaptur due out in February of 2019. (Photos courtesy Steven Keylon and Palm Springs Historical Society)

 

Concrete Screen Block: The Power of Pattern

Ron and Barbara MarshallWednesday, February 20, 2019

Time: 1-2PM
Location: Palm Springs Woman's Club, 314 South Cahuilla Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Cost: Free, however, reservations are required

Join authors Ron and Barbara Marshall for a fascinating and informative lecture about one of the least appreciated but most readily recognized of midcentury building materials: concrete screen block. Using many historical and rare images from their new book Concrete Screen Block: The Power of Pattern, the Marshalls explain how screen block exploded onto the architectural scene in the late 1950s, reached its peak at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, and slowly diminished in popularity in the 1970s. During its heyday, screen block was offered in over 250 designs, some verging on the sculptural. The clever marketing of screen block as “fashionable” is examined as well as later marketing attempts to find new uses for the material. Screen block continues to exert an influence on popular culture to this day and has seen a mini-revival in popularity as it has been appropriated by a host of talented artists and designers including Jonathan Adler, Trina Turk, and many others. (Photos courtesy Henrik Rasmussen and PSPF)

 

The Design of Herbert W. Burns

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

KeylonTime: 3-4PM
Location: Palm Springs Woman's Club, 314 South Cahuilla Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Cost: Free, however, reservations are required

PSPF board member Steven Keylon, an architectural historian and author of the book The Design of Herbert W. Burns, will present an informative and entertaining overview of Burns’ life and career. Burns’ fascinating life and multiple talents (from his early years as a lighting designer/fabricator, to stockbroker, to contractor, and finally to architectural designer) have earned him Keylon’s informal nickname “The Charismatic Chameleon.” (Photos courtesy Steven Keylon and Burns Family Archives)

 

The Glamour of Late Moderne: The Herbert Burns Tour

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Time: 4-6PM
Location: Palm Springs Woman's Club, 314 South Cahuilla Road,
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Cost: $65 BUY TICKETS

For the first time during Modernism Week, tour the interiors of three of the remaining residential examples of architectural designer Herbert Burns’ work. Burns’ stylishly simple, clean-lined architecture, is imbued with a feeling of glamour and his masterful use of the Late Moderne vocabulary has produced high quality, human-scaled structures appropriate to their desert surroundings (including such notable properties as the Orbit In, The Hideaway, and Holiday House). See how various owners have renovated their homes, either through faithfulness to the original design or with 21st-century updating that interprets Burns’ intent. Ticket price includes a copy of PSPF’s 84-page softcover book, The Design of Herbert W. Burns, authored by PSPF board member Steven Keylon. The book (released in March of 2018) chronicles Burns’ fascinating life and multiple talents from his early years as a lighting designer/fabricator, to stockbroker, to contractor, and finally to architectural designer, and represents the most comprehensive and scholarly overview of his career to date. A collectible tour map is also included. (Photo courtesy Steven Keylon)

Frank Sinatra’s “Twin Palms” Estate Tour

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Time: 10AM-2PM
Location: 1145 East Via Colusa, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Cost: $40 BUY TICKETS

Always one of the most popular events of Modernism Week, join the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation for a tour of Frank Sinatra's storied "Twin Palms" estate, designed by modernist architect E. Stewart Williams in 1947. With the help of PSPF, the home was designated a Class 1 Historic Site by the city of Palm Springs in March 2011 and has been described as "great midcentury design combined with Hollywood lore.” The Sinatra Residence was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016. This is a self-guided tour but a PSPF board member will give a brief talk about the architecture and history of the house. Tourgoers will receive an informational handout. (Photo courtesy Jim Riche)

Kaptur “Hard-hat” Tour: Al & Lois Anderson Residence

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Time: 2-5PM
Location: 899 East Granvia Valmonte, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Cost: $65 BUY TICKETS

Modernist architect Hugh M. Kaptur's custom-designed 1979 residence for Al & Lois Anderson is currently undergoing a major rehabilitation. This gritty “hard-hat” tour is a unique opportunity for tourgoers to get a behind the scenes look at a major restoration and reimagining of the house done in consultation with the original architect. The Anderson Residence is sited on two lots purchased from Bob and Dolores Hope in the heart of the Movie Colony. The three-bedroom house still retains many of its original features as well as a separate casita. Architectural features include soaring tongue-in-groove vaulted ceilings, heavy timbering, brutalist stucco walls, and a kitchen that shows off the home’s engineering. A large pool coupled with amazing views complete this idyllic setting. If you’re tired of seeing “magazine slick” houses, and want to indulge your inner handyman, this major rehabilitation project will either inspire or terrify you! The ticket price includes a copy of PSPF’s newly released book The Modern Architecture of Hugh M. Kaptur. Hugh Kaptur and the homeowners are scheduled to be on site to answer questions.

 

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