The Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion is located in downtown Palm Springs. It is the country’s first historic structure to be transformed into a free-standing architecture and design museum that is housed in a modern building. The 13,000 square foot building, designed by renowned mid-century modern architect E. Stewart Williams, is a classic mid-century international style structure, and was recently designated as a protected Class I Historic Site. It features a ground level glass pavilion space that will showcase architecture and design exhibitions, a store, and curatorial offices.
The opening exhibition, An Eloquent Modernist, E. Stewart Williams, Architect, will celebrate the accomplishments of Williams, the acclaimed architect who designed the historic building in 1961 to be the Santa Fe Federal Savings & Loan. From November 9, 2014 to exhibition provides a comprehensive retrospective of Williams’s creative output and affords a view of his role in the development of modern architecture in Palm Springs. It includes drawings, renderings, models, photographs, watercolors, etchings, and film clips to illuminate his artistic sensibility and proficiency with diverse of media.