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PSPF Modernism Week Events - February 15-25, 2018

PSPF Modernism Show & Sale Booth

Saturday-Monday, February 17-19, 2018

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.

 

 

Carl E. Haymond Residence Tour

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Time: Noon-4PM
Location: 1415 North Camino Centro, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Cost: $40

PSPF is proud to make the rarely-seen Carl Haymond Residence available for touring. Constructed in 1964, and designed by the modernist architectural firm of Frey & Chambers, the residence has recently undergone an extensive and sensitive restoration. Haymond was a prominent TV and radio station owner in the Pacific northwest, who fell in love with Palm Springs and eventually built his dream home in the Las Palmas Estates tract. The home's most notable architectural feature is the use of cast aluminum grille units to screen out the desert sun. Over 170 of these grille units (designed by architect John deKoven Hill) are used throughout the residence. The home's carefully curated interior features furniture and objects by a host of important 20th-century designers. Through the efforts of PSPF, and with the enthusiastic support of the owner, this residence was recently designated a Class 1 Historic Site by the city of Palm Springs. Tourgoers will receive a full-color reprint of "Into the Frey," an article about the Haymond Residence that appeared in the September 2017 issue of Palm Springs Life magazine. (Photo Bill Stewart)

"The Power of Pattern" Book Signing & Tour

Monday, February 19, 2018

Time: Noon-3PM
Location: 2375 South Alhambra Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Cost: $45

Join us for a book-signing of PSPF's lavishly illustrated Concrete Screen Block: The Power of Pattern by Ron and Barbara Marshall, with graphic design by Gary Wexler. Cataloguing over 250 different midcentury block patterns (including many examples in Palm Springs), the book will appeal to both architecture buffs and lovers of modernist design alike. The event will be held in a lovely 1963 modernist home designed by New York master builder Boris Gertzen. After building the nearby Wexler & Harrison-designed Canyon Country Club, Gertzen went on to build many custom homes along the golf course fairways. The midcentury house showcases three different screen block patterns (including two rare patterns) and has recently undergone a tasteful and sympathetic renovation. Decorated in a colorful "retro Palm Springs" theme, the home features striking views of the mountains from its golf course-adjacent site. A copy of the book is included in the ticket price. (Photo Al Troub)

The "Grand" Canyon View Estates Tour

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Time: 10AM-1PM
Location: 291 East Canyon Vista Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Cost: $65

The "grandest" and the original! Featuring a stunning variety of modernist interiors, this tour will showcase at least 10 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 John Lewis Marshall)

James Logan Abernathy Residence Tour

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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

Previously 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 21, 2018

Time: 9-10:30AM
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 replete with amusing anecdotes and rarely seen vintage photos. This lecture is generously underwritten by HEDGE Vintage | Eclectic Furnishings.

Concrete Screen Block: The Power of Pattern

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Time: 11AM-Noon
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 into 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. This lecture is generously underwritten by HEDGE Vintage | Eclectic Furnishings.

When Hollywood Regency Met Modernism: Marrakesh Country Club

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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

Palm Desert's Marrakesh Country Club is home to a unique colony of 364 pink-and-white authentic Hollywood Regency villas - the only one in the world designed by the acknowledged master practitioner of the style, architect John Elgin Woolf. Built from 1969 through 1974 by Johnny Dawson, the golf-pro-turned-developer who created the "life on a golf course" lifestyle with his Thunderbird, Eldorado and Seven Lakes Country Clubs, Marrakesh remains remarkably intact…and is resurging in popularity with a new generation of stylistas and socialites. There's also a clubhouse designed by famed Palm Springs architect Richard A. Harrison, whose partnership with Donald Wexler from 1952-1963 produced some of the desert's most iconic structures. Author, historian, Woolf expert - and Marrakesh resident - Steven Price will reveal to the audience Woolf's previously overlooked place on the Modernism spectrum, discovered in the course of researching his recent book, Pink Jewel of the Desert. This lecture is generously underwritten by HEDGE Vintage | Eclectic Furnishings. (Photo Steven Price)

Mother Nellie Coffman and Her Beloved Desert Inn

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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

Be regaled by one of the valley's most sought-after speakers, Will Kleindienst. Historian, architect, preservationist, author, and raconteur, the former mayor of Palm Springs will wind his way through the fascinating history of Palm Springs as he contextualizes the role of pioneer and philanthropist Nellie Coffman, founder of Palm Springs' storied and internationally-famous Desert Inn. Coffman's efforts as one of the "women who built Palm Springs" is an inspiring story of how grit, determination and vision can accomplish extraordinary things. How the development of the Desert Inn eventually culminated in a stunning "built environment" married to a beautiful natural environment is described in detail. Will reflects on the demolition of the Desert Inn "in the name of progress" in 1967, and the enduring lessons learned as a result of that loss. This lecture is generously underwritten by HEDGE Vintage | Eclectic Furnishings.

Frank Sinatra's "Twin Palms" Estate Tour

Thursday, February 22, 2018

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

Join the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation for a tour of Frank Sinatra's beautiful "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." This is a self-guided tour but a PSPF board member will give a brief talk about the architecture and history of the house.

Saving an Icon: The Restoration of Hotel Lautner

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Time: 4-5:30PM
Location: 67710 San Antonio Street, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
Cost: $50

Los Angeles Interior Designer and Palm Springs Preservation Foundation board member Tracy Beckmann will provide her personal insights into the renovation of the award-winning Hotel Lautner in Desert Hot Springs, designed by legendary American architect John Lautner in 1947 shortly after his graduation from Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West school of architecture. As co-owner and designer, Tracy will expound on the glamorous but forgotten history of the original owner and movie mogul Lucien Hubbard's vision, and the challenges she faced during her hands-on renovation of the architecturally-significant property. The lecture will include "before-and-after" photographs which will highlight the full magnitude of the property's magnificent transformation. Tracy's talk will provide aficionados of great architecture some practical insight into what it takes to save some of America's most important and iconic buildings.

Following Tracy's lecture guests will enjoy light refreshments and tour the grounds of The Lautner Compound including one of the four Lautner residences. (Photo Mike Schwartz)

 

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