Always free for children under 18, active-duty military and their family, and NARM and ROAM participants.
Free admission on Thursdays from 5:00-8:00 pm (funded by the City of Palm Springs).
The Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion, in downtown Palm Springs is the hub of the museum's exploration of architecture and design, and houses related exhibitions as well as educational and community programs.
It also serves as a research space and a storage area for the museum's growing architecture and design collections and archives.
The building, purchased by the museum in 2011, is a classic midcentury International style structure designed by E. Stewart Williams in 1961 as the Santa Fe Federal Savings and Loan.
After changing hands several times, it received Class 1 Historic Site protective status.
The rehabilitation was overseen by preeminent Los Angeles architecture firm Marmol Radziner, known for the restoration of the famed Kaufmann House and Ship of the Desert residence, both in Palm Springs.
The firm based its restoration designs on black-and-white photographs of the building taken by Julius Shulman, as well as Williams' original drawings.
The 13,000 square-foot glass and steel building is elevated above street level, and the glass pavilion features floor-to-ceiling windows that perfectly frame the cityscape and the surrounding San Jacinto Mountains.
The main level features gallery space, includes offices, and a store located in and around the bank vault, which retains its original door.
The lower level includes a study center with meeting space, archive and collection spaces, an archivist office, and a library.
Renovations included removing office dividers to create one seamless space, removing carpeting to reveal the original terrazzo floor, and adding sustainable desert landscaping.
The museum also added an elevator, restored the perimeter retaining walls, and replaced and restored the movable, anodized aluminum screens original to the west-facing facade.
Over the last decade, Palm Springs Art Museum has placed a growing emphasis on exhibitions devoted to architecture and design.
The museum's architecture collections (including drawings, photography, models, and archival material) are growing rapidly, as highlighted by the gift of the large L.J. Cella Collection of drawings, photographs, and objects.
The museum also holds significant portions of the Albert Frey, E. Stewart Williams, Arthur Elrod/Harold Broderick, and Hugh Kaptur archives.
The collection also includes Frey House II, the historically significant residence in Palm Springs that architect Albert Frey designed for himself in 1963 and bequeathed to the museum upon his death in 1998.
We welcome your support of our ongoing programs and events at Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion.
The Bradford W. Bates
The Museum Design Store is located in the original bank vault of this former Santa Fe Federal Savings & Loan. The visit alone is an experience in itself.
The store offers architecture and design-focused books, games, and stationery items for adults and children. Shoppers will also find a distinctively modern jewelry selection as well as a variety of original works by local artists.