Palm Springs Modern Committee's Annual Gala - Feb. 15, 2014

A Magical Evening at “A Night at the Casbah,” Palm Springs Modern Committee’s Annual Gala

Peter Moruzzi and Shari Applebaum

By Loretta Vlach

On a magical moonlit night, the mystique of Morocco enchanted all who attended Palm Springs Modern Committee’s Annual Gala benefit, held at the magnificent Bougain Villa estate situated on a hillside perch overlooking the shimmering city lights of Palm Springs. The luxurious residence was the venue for “A Night at the Casbah,” generously hosted by homeowners Dorothy and Harold Meyerman.

The interior of the Bougain Villa, a midcentury modern Moroccan oasis built from an early plan by Hugh Kaptur and  redesigned by Albert Frey, was lit from within, providing superb views of the interior of the glorious glass and mirrored pavilion.

Moroccan entertainment  music, belly dancing, fire eating and snake charming transformed the balmy, star lit evening into an unforgettable experience for hundreds of modernists, friends of preservation, and supporters of PS ModCom.  Guests were treated to a lavish Moroccan menu provided by Westwood Catering, complemented by a signature citrus cocktail — the Casbah Cooler — created and underwritten by Crater Lake Vodka, and sparkling wines donated by PMDL Wine Company.

About Palm Springs Modern Committee
The Palm Springs modern Committee is a non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of Desert Modern architecture and design. We accomplish this through education, advocacy for threatened buildings, promotion of heritage tourism and the celebration of success in preservation and adaptive reuse.

For information or to become a member of the Palm Springs Modern Committee, please contact Nickie McLaughlin, Executive Director.

Photography by Loretta Vlach

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