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PSPF Modernism Week Fall Preview Events - October 17-20, 2019

Frank Sinatra's "Twin Palms" Estate Tour

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Time: 10AM, 10:30AM, 11AM, 11:30AM, 12PM, 12:30PM
Location: 1145 East Via Colusa, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Cost: $45 (BUY TICKETS)

Always one of the most popular events of Modernism Week's Fall Preview, 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 house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016. This is a self-guided tour, however, PSPF board members will be available to answer questions and tourgoers will receive an informational handout. (Photo James Haefner)

 

Recognizing Modernist Architect Hugh Michael Kaptur

Friday, October 18, 2019

Time: 10AM-Noon
Location: 750 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262
                 (Far east end of Kaptur Plaza)
Cost: Free (MAKE RESERVATIONS)

Join the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation for two free events celebrating the life and work of modernist architect Hugh Michael Kaptur. First on the schedule is the dedication of "Hugh M. Kaptur Way" at the east end of Kaptur Plaza (originally known as Tahquitz Plaza). Through the efforts of PSPF, Kaptur Plaza was designated a Class 1 Historic Site by the city of Palm Springs in December of 2015. Immediately following the street naming, we invite you to join us at nearby Koffi Central (650 East Tahquitz Canyon Way) for the unveiling of an over-sized architectural rendering of the Kaptur-designed complex. Free coffee and mini-muffins generously provided by Koffi Central. Hugh Kaptur is scheduled to attend. (Photo John Lewis Marshall)

 

PSPF Modernism Show & Sale Booth

Saturday-Sunday, October 19-20, 2019

Time: Sat 10AM-6PM, Sun 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 the foundation's ongoing historic preservation advocacy and education initiatives, and publishing program. (Photo Palm Springs Preservation Foundation)

 

 

 

John & Bessie Macy Residence Tour

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Time: Noon, 12:30PM, 1PM, 1:30PM, 2PM, 2:30PM
Location: 1577 South Calle Marcus, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Cost: $30 (BUY TICKETS)

Recently designated a Class 1 Historic Site by the city of Palm Springs, the John & Bessie Macy Residence (1959) was a speculative venture by local developer Axel Werner Hogback using an inspired design by modernist architect Hugh M. Kaptur. One of the most sublime examples of Desert Modernism in the Deepwell neighborhood, the floorplan is a relatively modest 2,093 square feet in size. Kaptur's stunning post and beam construction deftly blurs the indoor-outdoor transition creating an airy and open environment. Other modernist elements include a flat roof, wood frame structure clad in sand finish stucco, extensive amounts of glazing, and slumpstone masonry units. The roof has deep cantilevered overhangs on both the east and west facades that shade the expansive amount of west-facing glazing from the sun and a thin fascia that gives the home a strong horizontal appearance.

Architect Hugh Kaptur is scheduled to attend the event and Palm Springs Preservation Foundation board member Steven Keylon, the author of PSPF's recent book, The Modern Architecture of Hugh Michael Kaptur, will be on hand to answer questions. (Photo Ketchum Photography)

 

Celebrate The Cole in Palm Springs

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Time: 4-6PM
Location: 2323 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Cost: $55 (BUY TICKETS)

Join the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation to celebrate the official unveiling of The Cole Hotel (formerly the Bahama Hotel) which recently underwent a sympathetic rehabilitation by new owner Mark Weis with the help of general manager Eric Martinez. Constructed in 1959, the building was designed by San Clemente draftsman Raymond Devore and the hotel's impressive stonework was done by mason John Francis Gallerani. Curiously, in the January 22, 1959 issue of the Desert Sun newspaper, architect Hugh Kaptur is credited as having designed the hotel's "exterior d├ęcor." Kaptur, however, disputes the attribution by the newspaper recalling his involvement with the project as "minimal." Interestingly, despite the passage of time, to this day Kaptur vividly recalls his disappointment at not being awarded the design work even though the project was commissioned by his aunt-in-law! Tourgoers will be treated to at least four different room types colorfully decorated in the "Palm Springs style" courtesy of talented local design firm H3K, while enjoying light hors d'oeuvres and refreshing "Cole Coolers." Hugh Kaptur is scheduled to attend and a portion of the proceeds of this event will benefit the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation. This event is generously sponsored by the Cole Hotel and H3K Design.

 

Lost, Saved & Endangered: Modernist Architecture in Palm Springs

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Time: 9-10AM
Location: Camelot Theatres, 2300 East Baristo Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262
                 (Theatre #3)
Cost: Free (MAKE RESERVATIONS)

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.

We're pleased to present this free lecture at a new venue: the Camelot Theatres. (Photo Mood Creative)

 

The Architecture of Hugh Michael Kaptur

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Time: 11AM-Noon
Location: Camelot Theatres, 2300 East Baristo Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262
                 (Theatre #3)
Cost: Free (MAKE RESERVATIONS)

PSPF board member Steven Keylon, an architectural historian and author of the book The Modern Architecture of Hugh Michael Kaptur, will present an informative and entertaining overview of Kaptur's life and many-faceted career. 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. Steven's 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.

We're pleased to present this free lecture at a new venue: the Camelot Theatres. (Photo Steven Keylon)

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