Architectural and Design

Restoring the Plaza Theatre – J.R. Roberts is Leading the Way

  • Posted By: March 16, 2020

By Barbara Beckley

“Be careful! If you spend enough time in Palm Springs you’ll end up living here!” laughs J.R. Roberts, Palm Springs booster extraordinaire.   

He speaks from experience. J.R. fell in love with Palm Springs’ sunny, stylish lifestyle more than 20 years ago and quickly bought a vacation home. “I’ve always had a passion for architecture. One of my favorite things to do is buy, restore and live in vintage houses.” One vintage house led to another and in 2000 J.R. purchased and restored the iconic 1954 Edris House, designed by architect E. Stewart Williams.

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Modernism Week 2020

  • Posted By: December 18, 2019

Modernism Week is a 10 day signature event that focuses on mid-century modern design and architecture that makes Palm Springs so unique. Over 75 events including Palm Springs Modernism Show at the Convention Center; Frey II House Tours, Double Decker Bus Tours, films, lectures, interior design tours, swanky parties and other special events. 

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Ala Mod(e)

  • Posted By: October 31, 2019

By Kevin Perry

Reflection offers a glimpse of who we are and how far we have come. Our foremothers and forefathers built a legacy that connects yesteryear with the now and here.

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Uniquely Palm Springs: The Sights

  • Posted By: October 16, 2019

By Kevin Perry

Consult the mental scrapbook in your head. Conjure every destination you have ever experienced and think about how you remember them. The Eiffel Tower represents Paris; the neon iconography of The Strip is pure Las Vegas; The Taj Mahal is a monument of innovation and grandeur for its native India and all those who visit her. The sights you collect in your mind’s eye create a tableau of exploration and excitement.

Now get ready to expand your horizons with a sensory tour of Palm Springs.

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Power to the Public Art

  • Posted By: July 24, 2019

By Kevin Perry

Artistic expression can never be contained in a museum, a church, or a coffee table book. It is boundless and vibrant, spilling into the world and connecting humanity with every burst of color and curvature. Art weaves a shared experience through time, linking us to the masters of the past and beckoning future innovation.

What better place to do so than in the glorious open air?

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Architectural Gems: Resort Edition

  • Posted By: July 11, 2019

By Kevin Perry

Palm Springs is a landscape crafted in luxury and dominated by style. Our midcentury roots flourish into modern masterpieces, affirming our reputation as one of the world’s foremost tastemakers in architecture.

But unlike other sterile destinations that must be admired from afar, Palm Springs has a lived-in appeal. Our resorts are as inviting as they are innovative, making your next stay a true work of art. Peruse the following structures and book your future trip at a throwback wonderland…

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Hollywood Slept Here

  • Posted By: June 28, 2019

By Kevin Perry

When Hollywood was cementing its status as the entertainment capital of the world, it took its stars very seriously. Celebrities were under studio contracts, and these ironclad agreements stated that actors must remain within a two-hour driving distance from their respective soundstages. So how could silver screen icons get as far away from Tinseltown as possible without breaking their commitments?

Welcome to Palm Springs.

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Palm Springs’ Legendary Movie Colony Hotel

  • Posted By: March 29, 2019

By Randy Garner

Frank Sinatra partied here. Marilyn Monroe slept here. In pop culture lore, Jim Morrison jumped into the pool here - from his second-floor balcony. The 16-room property sits at the edge of Palm Springs’ “Movie Colony” neighborhood, where Golden Age film stars like Cary Grant, Jack Benny, Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh once owned vacation homes. The neighborhood’s many high walls, thick hedges and a lack of sidewalks are reminders of how the stars valued their privacy. 

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Meet Michael Stern, Owner of The Modern Tour

  • Posted By: March 22, 2019

By Kevin Perry

Conventionally, buildings are constructed to protect us from the elements. Roofs keep out the rain, walls battle back the cold, and our respective abodes create a shelter from the dreaded world outside. But in Palm Springs, the architecture is designed to amplify our wondrous surroundings.

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Touring Architecture in Palm Springs

  • Posted By: February 26, 2019

Over the last couple months we’ve had a look at some amazing homes in Palm Springs.  While they’re spectacular, many of them are off limits to the public. Fortunately there are some equally stunning public buildings where you can enjoy modernist architecture up close without a trespassing ticket!

We consulted expert Robert Imber, who runs Palm Springs Modern Tours about some of his must see architecture spots in the desert.  As far as public buildings go, he couldn’t pick just one!

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