Palm Springs

  • Dreaming of Mid-Century Modern Pools in Palm Springs

    Lounging by a mid-century modern pool in Palm Springs sounds nice right now as we freeze here on the East Coast. Bonnie Tsui’s piece in the New York Times this past weekend could not have come at a better moment.
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    January 4, 2018

  • From the Archives: A Tour of Palm Springs

    Would be nice to be in Palm Springs for Modernsim Week amid all this freezing weather and snow. I had to post this from my trip in 2011 to try to warm up–even for just a brief moment. A trip back next¬†February¬†is in store. Stay warm Read More >

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    February 21, 2015

  • The Understated Modernism of Don Wexler

    This is last in the trilogy of posts on my trip to Palm Springs. (You can read the first two posts here and here. I am devoting this post solely to the work of Donald Wexler, FAIA, who my wife and I had the pleasure of meeting when we were Read More >

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    July 25, 2011

  • More Mid-Century Modernism from Palm Springs

    As I mentioned in my previous post on Palm Springs, there were four major architectural firms in the city during the mid-century period. They were all able to survive–and thrive–by accepting all types of commissions. These architects did not just do high-end homes for the likes of Frank Sinatra; they Read More >

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    July 24, 2011

  • Palm Springs: A Mid-Century Modern Oasis

    Why did Palm Springs become an oasis of mid-century modern architecture in the desert? It was certainly the climate and topography that demanded low slung roofs with extended eaves to block the searing sun and walls of glass to take in the stunning views. Also, most of the homes were Read More >

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    July 10, 2011

  • Modern Capital Does Palm Springs

    The Kaufmann House by Richard Neutra.
    Been running around Palm Springs trying to take in all the architecture. So much to see and so little time. I did take a three-hour bus tour yesterday. We were honored to have Donald Wexler on the tour with us. (More to come on Wexler’s Read More >

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    February 23, 2011

  • Modern Capital Heading to the Mid-Century Modern Mecca

    The 1963 Tramway station In Palm Springs by Clark, Frey and Chambers.
    (Courtesy of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway)
    If you have been reading this site for some time you know I hate the winter and the cold. My wife and I are finally heading to Palm Springs this year to Read More >

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    February 7, 2011

  • Dreaming of the Desert

    The 1963 Tramway station by Clark, Frey and Chambers.
    (Courtesy of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway)
    As I sit here looking out the window on this dreary, icy day in Washington, my mind wanders to Palm Springs. Unfortunately, plans my wife and I had to go to the mid-century modern mecca Read More >

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    January 28, 2009