It’s hard to believe that in a mere month one of the biggest draws of our jam-packed Palm Springs Valley events calendar will be upon us. Modernism Week 2015 will take place from Thursday, February 12 through Sunday, February 22 in multiple cities throughout the desert, including my hometown of Rancho Mirage. And from what we’ve been hearing, the tenth anniversary of this world-renowned celebration of midcentury modern architecture and design is going to be bigger and better than ever.
Home base for Modernism Week will be in central Palm Springs on Palm Canyon Drive at the Community and Meeting Place called “CAMP.” Aside from being the starting point for many of the tours and events, CAMP will house a relaxing lounge area where ModWeek participants can relax, grab a cup of coffee or a bite to eat, and meet up with old and new friends. Back this year will be a full roster of lectures and films, music, walking and bike tours, double-decker bus tours, parties (and more parties!), the always amazing vintage travel trailer exhibition, and the Modernism Show at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
But for me, nothing beats the home and garden tours offered each year during Modernism Week. This year 20 will be available, ranging from Palm Springs neighborhoods such as Indian Canyons, Little Beverly Hills, Tahquitz River Estates, and Canyon View Estates to beautiful private midcentury properties in Indian Wells. One that I’m particularly excited about is the Tamarisk Rancho home tour in Rancho Mirage—the 1958 William Krisel-designed complex with 16 individual and unique houses surrounding the luxuriously date palm-landscaped common grounds. With a pedigree of owners such as Groucho Marx and Frank Sinatra, these homes will be hot properties, and their tours are sure to sell out. And speaking of selling out, the spectacular Annenberg estate at Sunnylands still has a few tickets available. (Even if you can’t get tickets for the estate tour, a visit to the Sunnylands Visitor Center and Gardens—which is free—is always fun.)
Upward of 50,000 people visit our neck of the woods for Modernism Week to savor the sunshine, take a tour, and marvel at modernism. Don’t miss out of this wonderful week of fun.