All Things Midcentury Modern Are On View In Palm Springs


Modernism Week in Palm Springs, California

February in Palm Springs, California, means a celebration of all things midcentury modern. The annual Modernism Week returns February 14 to 24 with a roster of inspired events. The Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale, held at the city’s convention center, also returns along with the festival’s walking, biking and double-decker bus tours of architecturally important neighborhoods; visits to local gardens and the famed Annenberg Estate, Sunnylands; film screenings; a classic car show; and plenty of parties.

New events include a talk with Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie, tours of a 1956 Vista La Palmas home renovated by designer Christopher Kennedy, and the West Coast premiere of photographs documenting the acclaimed work of postwar landscape architect Dan Kiley. Visitors will also find a replica of Paul Rudolph’s 1952 Walker Guest House reconstructed in downtown Palm Springs and opportunities to visit the estate of bandleader Lawrence Welk and the Cree House, a 1955 Cathedral City home by Albert Frey that has never been opened to the public.

Also debuting: The Princes of Kings Road, a play by screenwriter Tom Lazarus, inspired by an encounter between celebrated architects Richard Neutra and Rudolph Schindler that took place in a hospital room late in their lives. Tickets are updated and available on the first of each month. Fair warning: Events sell out quickly.