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Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday - 10:30 a.m. and/or 1:30 p.m.

Thursday - "Ask Me" Docents 6 p.m. 

(schedule subject to change without notice)



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#12-158 Security First National Bank circa 1959 (now Union Bank). Photo courtesy Palm Springs Historical Society. All Rights Reserved.

A+D Center Architectural Icons Walking Tour

In partnership with the Palm Springs Historical Society see the architectural midcentury icons built for fashion and finance along Palm Canyon Way in downtown Palm Springs. Hear about the early history of Palm Springs and the movers and shakers who were instrumental in shaping its future as a desert resort oasis. The landscape captured the imagination of desert modern architects like E. Stewart Williams, Albert Frey, and Donald Wexler who created a body of internationally-renowned modernist work that draws people to Palm Springs the world over. The Icons tour ends at Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion, housed in a restored midcentury building by architect E. Stewart Williams, where the museum features exhibitions and programs related to architecture and design. See the Sidewalk Stars surrounding this magnificent building dedicated to many of the architects and modernists who helped make Palm Springs the midcentury mecca that it is today. 

The walking tour starts promptly at 9:30 AM at the Union Bank located at the SE corner of Indian Canyon Drive and Ramon Road. The tour lasts approximately an hour and a half....and since it is a walking tour, be sure to wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and bring a bottle of water.

Tours will operate on Saturdays through April 29, 2017 (excluding holidays and Modernism Week). Tour cost is $25.00 per person and is limited to 15 people. The tour ends at the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center where you will enjoy free admission and a 5% discount in the Bradford W. Bates Vault: The Museum Design Store.

 For more information please contact The Vault at 760-423-5264

Please note: Tour availability subject to change without notice and will not operate in inclement weather.

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The official tour provider for the A+D Center

We invite you to take an intimate tour of interiors and exteriors of legendary Palm Springs homes that feature some of the finest examples of midcentury modern architecture and design.

Guests receive free admission to the A+D Center and a complimentary copy of the acclaimed PBS documentary Julius Shulman: Desert Modern.

Ford FlexThe intimate, curated tours last approximately 2-1/2 hours, with a maximum of six (6) guests. All tours are conducted in a 2014 Ford Flex (pictured).

View the work of noted architects, including Richard Neutra, John Lautner, Donald Wexler, Albert Frey, E. Stewart Williams, William Krisel and William Cody.

Among the celebrity homes included on the tour are those once owned by Frank Sinatra, William Holden, Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Lawford and numerous others.

Private tours for individuals and small groups are available for an additional fee. Corporate tours and event planning are also a specialty of The Modern Tour, having worked with Nike, Interior Design Magazine, NBC, Cadillac, The Getty, YPO, The American Institute of Architects, and General Motors, and many others.

$150 per person

$200 per person - Tours featuring Frey House II (Requires a minimum of 48 hours notice)

Contact: (760) 904-0904 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The Modern Tour, LLC.   TCP 34310-A

Tours of Albert Frey's - FREY HOUSE II now available!

Photo Julius Shulman J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute Los Angeles 2004.R.10

Photo: Julius Shulman © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)


Michael SternTOUR GUIDE
Michael Stern is the author of the best-selling Rizzoli book, Julius Shulman: Palm Springs and the Director and Producer of the film Julius Shulman: Desert Modern.  He curated the exhibition Julius Shulman: Palm Springs, the largest exhibition of Shulman’s work that has ever been staged, and the largest exhibition ever produced with a focus on Palm Springs’ spectacular collection of midcentury modern architecture.  He has lectured extensively, and has made numerous appearances in film and television discussing the joys of modernism, as well as the Desert Modern style.