Tours

The Architects and Visionaries Who Built Palm Springs

When: Every Friday at 9:30 am from November 1, 2019, through April 2020.

Where: Tour begins at the main entrance of the Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 Museum Drive.

How long: 90 minutes.

Price: $25 per person (includes admission to Palm Springs Art Museum and A+D Center) (14 persons maximum).

Join us for a half-mile stroll between two of Palm Springs’ most iconic Desert Modern destinations: the Palm Springs Art Museum and the Architecture and Design Center, both envisioned by E. Stewart Williams, one of the desert’s most prolific and well-known architects.

This tour captures the essence of Palm Springs, starting with its early roots in the late 1800s, to the midcentury modern craze and the 21st century-vibe that’s part of our culture today.

From our fabled pioneers, imaginative architects and three powerful women who helped start it all, you’ll be fascinated by our ever-changing glamorous resort that continues to be populated by artists, movie stars, wealthy business titans, the Aqua Caliente Indians, and LA hipsters.

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Tours presented in partnership with Palm Springs Historical Society.

Midcentury Modern Icons & their Architects

When: Every Saturday at 9:30 am from November 2, 2019, through April 2020.

Where: Tour begins at Union Bank, on the SE corner of Indian Canyon Drive and Ramon Road.

How long: 90 minutes.

Price: $25 per person (includes admission to Palm Springs Art Museum and A+D Center) (14 persons maximum).

See the very best examples of mid-century modern architecture as we walk along the town’s main thoroughfare for banking and retail businesses. Learn how this stark yet beautiful landscape captured the imagination of a young and talented group of Desert Modern architects—the movers and shakers who shaped Palm Springs during the post-World War II boom and who created a body of internationally-recognized work during the heyday of the 1950s and ‘60s. These buildings continue to draw people to Palm Springs from all over the world to admire and appreciate their innovative designs in our unique desert setting.

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Tours presented in partnership with Palm Springs Historical Society.


The Modern Tour

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

The 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.

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.

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