Each spring for nine years, Palm Springs Modernism Week has drawn thousands to the desert’s tastefully restored houses and public buildings. Walking, biking and double-decker bus tours keep architecture buffs busy when they’re not screening design documentaries and browsing midcentury furniture stores.
The event proved so popular that a fall preview weekend debuts this year Oct. 10-13 in advance of the 10th anniversary of the main event, set for Feb. 12-22. Themed house tours during the preview include Frank Sinatra’s Movie Colony, Golden Era Hollywood Homes and the Rat Pack neighborhood in Vista Las Palmas.
Another highlight are guided tours of modernist architect Albert Frey’s Frey House II, the compact hillside 1964 residence that incorporates the desert’s boulders into the interior design.
“Modernism Week in February has grown into one of the most popular and internationally recognized architecture and design festivals in the world. From casual days touring beautiful midcentury modern homes to retro-inspired cocktail parties at night, it’s the perfect way to spend the Columbus Day holiday weekend,” said the event’s chairman Chris Mobley
Modernism fans can also get a peek at the soon-to-open Architecture & Design Center in the Santa Fe Federal Savings & Loan building, built in 1961 and designed by E. Stewart Williams, on Palm Canyon Boulevard. Tickets and more information available at the Modernism Week website.