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PSPF Modernism Week Fall Preview Events - October 18-21, 2018

Frank Sinatra's "Twin Palms" Estate Tour

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Time: 10AM, 10:30AM, 11AM, 11:30AM, 12PM, 12:30PM
Location: 1145 East Via Colusa, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Cost: $40 BUY TICKETS

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 2011 and was later placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house 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. (Photo courtesy Brian Blackwelder)

 


PSPF Modernism Show & Sale Booth

Saturday-Sunday, October 20-21, 2018

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 ongoing historic preservation initiatives.

 

 

 

Steel x Three Tour

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Time: 10AM, 10:30AM, 11AM, 11:30AM, 12PM, 12:30PM
Location: 3125 North Sunnyview Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Cost: $55 BUY TICKETS

A rare opportunity! Tour THREE of the iconic Steel Development Houses (Steel #1, #2 and #4) designed by the architectural firm of Wexler & Harrison in 1962. In 2001, the steel houses were designated Class 1 Historic Sites by the city of Palm Springs, and Steel House #2 was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012. In 2014 Steel House #1 underwent an extensive rehabilitation supervised by Lance O'Donnell, AIA of o2 Architecture in close consultation with architect Don Wexler. Likewise, Steel House #4 received a comprehensive renovation in 2016. The steel houses show how the combination of architectural imagination and factory-built components created a flexibility of construction that continues to inspire architects today. The ticket price includes a copy of PSPF's popular 60-page tribute journal Donald Wexler: Architect.

 

Lost, Saved & Endangered: Modernist Architecture in Palm Springs

Sunday, October 21, 2018

GaryTime: 9-10:30AM
Location: Palm Springs Woman's Club, 314 South Cahuilla Road, Palm Springs
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)

 

Concrete Screen Block: The Power of Pattern

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Ron and Barbara MarshallTime: 11AM-Noon
Location: Palm Springs Woman's Club, 314 South Cahuilla Road, Palm Springs
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. (Photo courtesy Henrik Rasmussen)

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