Posted By: Matt Link Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Palm Springs’ uber-popular Modernism Week in February grows by leaps and bounds each year, and has stretched beyond its own name to encompass eleven days of sold-out events and parties. The tens of thousands of midcentury architecture and design buffs just can’t seem get enough of Palm Springs’ iconic ‘50s and ’60s architecture, so it was only a matter of time before another event came alone to help with the demand and overflow.

The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation will host the first-ever Leisure Life Weekend on the weekend of March 22nd, 23rd, and 24th. It will be an event fitting to the swanky-cool subject, with cocktail parties, champagne breakfasts, book signings, talks, and of course property tours.

But where Modernism Week focuses on iconic houses, Leisure Life Weekend will highlight south Palm Springs’ unique collection of midcentury “lifestyle” condominiums. This three-day event includes visits to structures designed by Donald Wexler and William Krisel – two unique superstars of Palm Springs’ midcentury architecture.

Here’s a rundown of the Leisure Life Weekend’s events:

Friday, March 22nd - 5 PM to 8 PM

Opening night cocktail party at the Kings Point condominium complex (pictured above) in a stunning 1967 modernist home designed by architect William Krisel and interiors designed by Luis Ortega.
Saturday, March 23rd - 10 AM to 4 PM

Tours of more than a dozen midcentury “leisure lifestyle” condominiums in south Palm Springs, including units at the Canyon View Estates (1962) and Villa Roma (1964). Midecentury architectural author Erik Rosenow will be signing journals and answering questions.  

Sunday, March 24nd - 9 AM to 12:30 PM

Champagne breakfast and house tour at The Indian Canyons Golf Resort (formerly the Canyon Country Club) designed by Donald Wexler in 1962, as well as tours of several condominium homes in the nearby Kings Point condominium complex designed by architect William Krisel in 1967.

You can purchase tickets for individual days or the entire weekend, and complimentary tribute journals filled with architecture history and maps of midcentury Palm Springs’ buildings are included in the ticket price.

For more info or to purchase tickets, go to the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation’s web site.


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