In less than a year, the long-vacant Welwood Murray Memorial Library reinvented itself into a 21st century state-of-the-art facility to serve the community and visitors of Palm Springs.
While the go-go boots and 1960s vintage glad rags have been put away, the memories and afterglow of the 2015 Modernism Week still remain.
In Palm Springs preservation circles, the 1949 Robson Chambers house is an inspiration for anyone who can envision a reinvented beauty when faced with a forlorn “tear down” property.
For the fourth year in a row, Modernism Week has featured a home tour of Sandpiper, the first condominium project in the Coachella Valley which began construction in 1958 and continued until 1969.
Although opening in late 2014, the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion will experience a second grand opening from newcomers in town for Modernism Week.
The famed Aluminaire House, Albert Frey’s 1931 experimental modern structure, is poised to become the next big attraction in Palm Springs.
Modernism Week is also the home of one of the country’s largest marketplaces for 20th century furnishings — the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale, featuring decorative objects, ceramics, sculpture, pottery, art, vintage clothing, jewelry and accessories.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Modernism Week, the annual confab of modernistas, a central headquarters, CAMP, has been created to schmooze, sashay, and satiate your thirst.
Using China as an example, Qingyun Ma, Dean of USC School of Architecture, will speak Jan. 31 in Palm Springs on the growth of urbanism and how new architecture practices need to be instituted.