Modernism Week Fall Preview 2018, which allows attendees to gain a sneak peak at what they might experience at the 11-day festival in February, will feature two homes including a renovation of a 1958 midcentury property by Palm Springs designer Christopher Kennedy.
Set to run Oct. 18-21, the events for Modernism Week Fall Preview 2018 are available for viewing at modernismweek.com, while ticket sales for those events will begin at noon (PST) Aug. 1. “This fun, four-day event offers entertaining tours, lectures, iconic architecture and parties similar to the upcoming 2019 event. We invite all visitors to Palm Springs and local residents alike to come see what Modernism Week is all about,” says Lisa Vossler Smith, executive director of Modernism Week.
Highlights of the October Fall Preview include a wide range of events in Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, and Indian Wells including walking tours, Premier Double Decker architectural bus tours and Charles Phoenix-led bus tours, a tour showcasing homes across a range of neighborhoods, and a new mix of home tours, educational events, and evening cocktail parties.
Kennedy makes his return to Fall Preview with La Vie En Rose, a Modernism Week Featured Home (open Oct. 19-21, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., $30) that debuts a spectacular renovation of a posh Vista Las Palmas location that backs up to the San Jacinto mountains. In February, Kennedy will also offer tours of a different house, the 2019 Modernism Week Show House: The Christopher Kennedy Compound, featuring designs from 15 interior designers.
The other Modernism Week Featured Home is H3K Design’s Green Gables (open Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., $30). Designed by Dan Palmer and William Krisel and built in 1958 by the Alexander Construction Company, this three bedroom, two bathroom home is undergoing a complete renovation by H3K Design. The house sits on an oversized manicured lot at the gateway to the Twin Palm development – the first major Alexander sub-division in Palm Springs. The High Gable roofline is an example of midcentury modern design with walls of glass, dramatic ceilings floating in air and natural stone walls. This is the public debut of the house which features an expanded master bathroom, a restored interior atrium, and a kitchen that pays homage to the kitchens of the day.
A hallmark of Modernism Week events are the inspirational and educational tours of neighborhoods and homes. New tours this year include:
Steel x Three Tour, Oct. 20, 10 am to 1 p.m., $50
This tour is a rare opportunity to visit three of the iconic Steel Development Houses (Steel #1, #2 and #4) designed by the architectural firm of Wexler & Harrison in 1962. The steel houses show how the combination of architectural imagination and factory-built components created a flexibility of construction that continues to inspire architects today. This tour is organized by the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation.
The Essentials of Palm Springs ONE-PS Home Tour, Oct. 20, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., $65
This fifth annual tour showcases significant homes in a variety of Palm Springs neighborhoods. It is organized by ONE-PS.
The Modern Heritage Home Tour (Rancho Mirage & Palm Springs) Saturday 1 – 5 pm, $150
Seven properties, seven unique examples of Desert Modernism, and one incredible tour. This tour profiles homes designed by midcentury masters Albert Frey, Donald Wexler, Jon Walling, and more. The tour will conclude with a signature cocktail, at the last house on the tour. It is organized by the Palm Springs Modern Committee.
Returning tours include the popular Cul-de-Sac Experience and Framed Spaces home tours. The “Cul-de-Sac Experience” at Canyon View Estates #4 will take place at 10 a.m. Oct. 21. This tour combines vintage automobiles artfully displayed on the driveways of six homes designed by Krisel in a quaint cul-de-sac in South Palm Springs. Participants have access to all of the homes on the tour, and tickets are $65. The “Framed Spaces Home Tour” on Oct. 20 will feature a collection of modernist homes that accentuates the “art” of living in the desert. The self-guided driving tour in Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage will feature amazing spaces with framed views of landscaping, decorative features and art collections. The tour will conclude with a light reception at an iconic E. Stewart Williams-designed building. Tickets are $75.
What Modernism Week experience would be complete without ending the day with a spectacular cocktail party at an architecturally significant home? This year, Fall Preview attendees may attend:
Cocktail Party at the House of Galanos: Thursday, Oct. 18, 6 – 8 pm, $150
This event takes place at the former home of fashion designer James Galanos, a stunning French Regency-style residence in Old Las Palmas. The original interior design was done by Hal Broderick, a co-founder of Arthur Elrod, Ltd. This event is a benefit for Mizell Senior Center.
On Oct. 19, Fall Preview attendees are invited to attend the festive Opening Night Party and Early Buying Preview Reception at the Modernism Show & Sale at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The popular Show and Sale, which offers important 20th and 21st century objects, furniture, art and textiles from more than 40 premier national and international decorative and fine arts dealers, continues Oct. 20-21. The Friday night party is the prime opportunity for shopping direct from dealers before the show opens to the public on Saturday. Tickets are available in advance for $60 at modernismweek.com or at the door for $75 and include daily re-entry to the show. Weekend show hours are Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
‘Mod Mirage’ Sunset Party at ‘White Shadows’ in Thunderbird Heights: Saturday, October 20, 5 – 8 pm, $100
This special sunset party and home tour takes place at one of the most spectacular and oldest hillside homes in Thunderbird Heights located in Rancho Mirage. This is a rare opportunity to visit ‘White Shadows,’ designed in 1957 by Henry Eggers of Eggers & Wilkman (previously a partner with Gordon Kaufmann). ‘White Shadows’ has never before been open to the public. The party will also mark the official launch of the first comprehensive book on Rancho Mirage architecture, Mod Mirage, written by Melissa Riche, photography by Jim Riche, foreword by Brad Dunning; published by Gibbs Smith, sponsors of Modernism Week.
“La Vie en Rose” Sunset Cocktail Party: Saturday, October 20, 6 – 8 pm, $70
Guests will enjoy a relaxing sunset soirée at this sophisticated home in Vista Las Palmas, built by the Alexander Company in 1958 and recently renovated to warm, organic modernist perfection by Christopher Kennedy. Set dramatically against the mountain, guests are invited to tour the home and view the original, classic Alexander footprint that was tastefully expanded by a previous owner.
Nod to Mod, a new nightly evening experience produced by PS Underground, is an upbeat retro immersive five course culinary and dining experience with live music and entertainment, limited to only 40 people per night from Oct. 18-21 from 7 – 10 p.m. Admission is $125.
Indian Wells Celebrates Moroccan Midcentury Modern will enable attendees to learn about the beautiful renovation of the Sands Hotel & Spa in Indian Wells and tour this architectural gem from the 1950’s, reimagined in 2018 by famed interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Guests will enjoy a cocktail and a bite from the Pink Cabana, the hotel’s ultra-stylish new restaurant. This event takes place from 2-4:30 pm. Oct. 19, and admission is $60.
Walker Guest House Replica, a stunning full-scale, furnished replica of architect Paul Rudolph’s iconic 1952 Walker Guest House, is being relocated to Palm Springs and reconstructed by Palm Springs Modern Committee. This is the first time the house will be shown on the west coast and only its second public outing. It will be located between the Palm Springs Art Museum and The Rowan Hotel in the new downtown development and will be open for tours during Fall Preview. Tickets at $10.
Also new this year is a partnership with Palm Springs Casual Concours X, the 10th annual classic car show at the Desert Princess Country Club in Cathedral City on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This popular event will feature approximately 100 cars set in a relaxed resort environment with a dramatic backdrop of the mountains and palm trees. The show is organized by Great Autos of Yesteryear and proceeds from the event will benefit Sanctuary. Admission is $15.
Architectural enthusiast Gary Johns of the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation will reprise his popular Lost, Saved & Endangered presentation at the Palm Springs Woman’s Club on at 9 a.m. Oct. 21. This engaging and informative discussion details the many architectural treasures in the Coachella Valley that have been preserved, destroyed or that face an uncertain future. Admission to this popular presentation is free, but participants must RSVP in advance.
Atomic Ranch returns this year with two new educational programs. On Oct. 19, Atomic Ranch editor Sarah Jane Stone will lead an inspiring midcentury modern design-focused salon with Palm Springs design and build experts Kevin Kemper and Howard Hawkes of H3K Design at the Modernism Week Green Gables Featured Home from 3 – 5 p.m. The following day, Jane will lead a panel discussion on midcentury modern renovation challenges at the Palm Springs Convention Center from 2 – 4 p.m. Palm Springs contractor Steven Shields will tackle the difficult questions about when to preserve, restore or renovate.
The Very Best of Mod with a Twist returns to the Fall Preview this year with an encore performance of their audience favorites. These witty and insightful 10-minute presentations explore life and culture in Midcentury America, often with a humorous and wry alternative analysis of what was going on in the country in that period. Nightly events and $50 per person and take place at the Desert Star from 5-6:30 p.m.
Popular returning events include Modernism Week’s signature Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour that provides guests with a 2.5-hour overview of significant civic and commercial buildings, as well as residential properties. Daily tours depart from the parking lot of H3K Home, located at 501 S. Palm Canyon Drive in downtown Palm Springs, where Modernism Week will have a box office where attendees may purchase tickets to Fall Preview events.
Following the Fall Preview, Modernism Week’s signature 11-day festival will take place Feb. 14-24, 2019. The schedule and tickets will be available at noon (PST) Nov. 1.
The Hilton Palm Springs Resort, Modernism Week’s official host hotel, is offering a special $169++ room rate for a limited time only. Contact the Hilton directly at 760-320-6868 or visit modernismweek.com.