Palm Springs Preservation Foundation
 

PSPF Modernism Week Events - February 13-23, 2020

PSPF Modernism Show & Sale Booth

Saturday-Monday, February 15-17, 2020

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 16, 2020

Time: Noon-4PM
Location: 1323 South Driftwood Drive, Palm Springs
Cost: $45 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." A favorite venue for fashion photo shoots, the 4,559-square foot home was prominently featured in the Fall 2015 issue of California Home+Design magazine. 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. This is a self-guided tour, however, PSPF board members will be available to answer questions and tourgoers will receive an informational handout. (Photo Bennion Deville Homes)

 

Powelson x Two: Maranz & Marx Tour

Monday, February 17, 2020

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

Join the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation for 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 recently underwent a sensitive renovation giving tourgoers an opportunity to appreciate the remarkable results. (Photo Brian Blackwelder)

 

James Logan Abernathy Residence Tour

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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

Usually only seen on small and exclusive architectural tours, the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation 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. 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 February of 2013. Tourgoers will receive an informational handout. (Photo Mood Creative)

 

Lost, Saved & Endangered: Modernist Architecture in Palm Springs

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Time: 9-10AM
Location: Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 East Baristo Road, Palm Springs (Theatre #2)
Cost: Free,however, reservations are required 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. (Photo Mood Creative)

 

From Wandervogel to Modernism Week, What a Long Strange Trip It's Been

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Time: 11AM-Noon
Location: Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 East Baristo Road, Palm Springs (Theatre #2)
Cost: Free, however, reservations are required RESERVATIONS

Join Palm Springs Preservation Foundation board member Brad Dunning as he connects the odd dots from the early back-to-nature and health movement in Palm Springs to the mid-century appreciation and stewardship today in Palm Springs. The journey begins with the early days of the desert hermits, like the infamous Bill Pester who lived (usually naked) in a thatched hut near the top of the Indian Canyons. In the 1930s Grace Miller taught the European Mensendieck method (naked) in her Richard Neutra-designed home on Indian Avenue (Neutra's first project in the desert). Simultaneously, the Swiss emigre Albert Frey, a staunch yoga practitioner and health food disciple, was creating his own avant-garde European style modernism. Neutra's iconic and wildly influential Kaufmann house soon followed. Its rise and fall, then rise again (with a meticulous restoration completed in 1997), can be said to mark the beginning and official birth of the mid-cen-mod-mania that has followed. (Photo Public Domain)

 

Concrete Screen Block: The Power of Pattern

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Time: 1-2PM
Location: Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 East Baristo Road, Palm Springs (Theatre #2)
Cost: Free, however, reservations are required RESERVATIONS

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 2018 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. (Photo CA Modern)

 

The Architecture and History of the "Fabulous" Plaza Theatre

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Time: 3-4PM
Location: Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 East Baristo Road, Palm Springs (Theatre #2)
Cost: Free, however, reservations are required RESERVATIONS

Be regaled by one of the valley's most sought-after speakers: William "Will" Kleindienst. Historian, architect, preservationist, author, and raconteur, the former mayor of Palm Springs will contextualize the importance of the famous Plaza Theatre (built in 1936 as part of the Plaza Shopping Center). At first a movie venue, the theatre later became the longtime home of the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies, a vaudeville-like show that ran for 23 seasons before closing in 2014. Throughout its existence, the Plaza Theatre has served as the center of the city's cultural life. On June 6, 2019, in a ceremony in front of the downtown Plaza Theatre, PSPF presented a check for $50,000 to the city of Palm Springs to "kick off" the city's fundraising efforts to restore the theatre. (Photo Palm Springs Historical Society)

 

Frank Sinatra’s “Twin Palms” Estate Tour

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time: 10AM-2PM
Location: 1145 East Via Colusa, Palm Springs
Cost: $45 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 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 Mood Creative)

 

John & Bessie Macy Residence Tour

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time: 2-5PM
Location: 1577 South Calle Marcus, Palm Springs, Palm Springs
Cost: $45 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. (Photo Ketchum Photography)

Quite possibly the best value of Modernism Week, the ticket price includes an author-signed copy of the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation's 152-page scholarly, softcover book, The Modern Architecture of Hugh Michael Kaptur, written by PSPF board member Steven Keylon (who will also be on hand to answer questions). Architect Hugh Kaptur is scheduled to attend.

 

Retro Martini Party