When you see a Double Decker bus touring around Palm Springs, it is a sure sign Modernism Week is happening or about to be launched. The popularity of this event has grown so festivities have expanded beyond one week in February. This event, which provides an in-depth look at architecture from the 1930’s through 1960’s started 11 years ago and attracted 55,000 people last year during the 12 days.
The fall preview tour, on the Premier Double Decker Bus, provided a look at what lies ahead for anyone who chooses to see Palm Springs from this vantage point. On this tour, you will get a bird-eyes view of the architecture called “Desert Spanish” and “Midcentury Modernism Architecture."
So grab your hat, bring sun screen for this 2.5 hour tour that meanders between the “ 60’s Financial Center” of Palm Springs on the South and the Visitors Center on the North where there will be a stretch break. Note this tour does not include viewing the interior of homes.
During the tour, a guide will provide you with information about the civic and commercial structures; and the palatial residences that are sprinkled throughout Palm Springs. This is a rare experience for you actually get to peek over those high fences that surround so many of the magnificent homes and their gardens. You will be going by the 12 structures that have been named to the National Register of Historic Places.
Modernism Week Background
Modernism Week is a 501 (c) (3). It provides scholarships for students in architecture and design. In addition, it takes an active role is helping to preserve modernist architecture throughout California.
There are numerous tours, hikes, bike rides, walking tours, films, lectures and demonstrations that can easily keep you more than busy for a week. However, the important thing is make your reservations early for people literally come from all over the world.
With over 250 events taking place, you are sure to find activities that will help you develop a better understanding of the architecture that began to dominant during the growth of Palm Spring from a tiny village to a thriving place where Hollywood came to play.
PS: You don’t have to be an architectural aficionado to enjoy this tour.
February 11-21, 2015 (Tickets on Sale 11/1/15)