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Modernism Week –Dive into the Essence of Midcentury Modernism

This week Palm Springs becomes a haven for design enthusiasts with Modernism Week – a condensed, yet vibrant celebration of mid century modern architecture, art, interior and landscape design, and vintage culture. From October 19-22, 2023, the city will host a whirlwind of nearly 50 events, showcasing the best of Palm Springs’ iconic design heritage.

Offering a diverse array of experiences, the event promises new and beloved tours. Delve into the architectural legacy of Palm Springs with new additions like the Legendary Palm Springs Commercial Architecture Bus Tour, exploring iconic business buildings, and The Homes That Define Palm Springs Bus Tour, highlighting the city’s most popular neighborhoods. For enthusiasts of modernist architect Albert Frey, the comprehensive exploration of his works is a must.

This year, Modernism Week also embraces sustainability with the Sustainable Homes Tour, showcasing seven High Desert sustainable homes that generate power in style. Visitors can explore the oasis-like charm of Palm Springs with The Oasis Is Real: Home Tour, which welcomes guests into unique homes built between 1939-1970, demonstrating various ways to create an oasis in the desert.

Moreover, architectural bus tours, including the Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour and Bella da Ball’s Celebrity Homes Bus Tour, provide an in-depth look at Palm Springs’ architectural treasures. Last year we loved realtor Keith Markovitz’s incredible guided bus tour, extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. Guests can also savor the city’s vibrant nightlife with events like the Curated Vintage Event and the unforgettable PS UNDERGROUND shows featuring themed brunches and dinners.

For those seeking a deeper understanding of Palm Springs’ architectural heritage, Modernism Week offers free events such as lectures on modernist architecture, entertaining overviews of renowned architectural designers, architectural bike tours, book signings, and the popular Modernism Yard Sale featuring vintage furniture and accessories.

In addition is the The 9th annual Palm Springs Modernism Fall Show, opening Friday evening October 20th, featuring both dealers new to the show as well as returning dealers that have participated in previous shows. The Fall Show returns with 45 premier national and international exhibitors offering the BEST of midcentury and modern design. This popular show, which runs October 20-22, will be held in the Palm Springs Convention Center,
Modernism Week – October is made possible by sponsors like Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, Brizo, and Dunn-Edwards Paints. This event serves as a prelude to the signature 11-day festival scheduled for February 15-25, 2024, promising even more immersive experiences for design enthusiasts.

For more information and updates, visit and follow Modernism Week on social media platforms. Modernism Week also actively supports education through scholarships for local students and grants for organizations preserving modernist architecture in California. Join the celebration and indulge in the timeless allure of Palm Springs’ modernist legacy.

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