Palm Springs, CA Modernism celebration kicks off February 16, 2012 and runs through February 26th. With a brand new line up this year it’s going to be an extravaganza you don’t want to miss.
Sunnylands is launching their first public tour during Modernism Week. This Annenberg estate is home to Presidential retreats, dignitaries and the world’s elite power shapers. The tranquil grounds are now open for picnickers and those wanting a glimpse of the rich and famous lifestyle. Original art, by some of the most prestigious artists of the world, are on display at Sunnyland. And, of course, the history of Sunnyland, the home of the Annenberg’s, and the elite that have visited this impressive estate are revealed.
Modernism Week brings lovers of the 1950’s and 1960’s architecture, décor, and the Rat-Pack party scene together in a desert setting. The event has gained international acclaim from Asia to New Zealand. In its seventh year, more than 30,000 are expected to descend on Palm Springs over the eleven-day celebration.
Jump aboard the double-decker architecture bus tour and see exclusive homes and modern gardens. Reveal in a vintage fashion show, and attend a mad mod-cocktail party. Re-live the lifestyle of the rich and famous in beautiful Palm Springs and enjoy all the luxury that the intimate city has to offer in a sunny, warm, dry climate.
Palm Springs is an international design mecca that began back in the 1940’s when Hollywood’s burgeoning new stars needed a place to ‘get away’ from the city. In their contracts, Mr. Goldwyn, included a ‘100-mile clause’, which meant they could not be further than 100 miles from the studio. Palms Springs was the perfect place to get away from it all.
By the 1950’s Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis Jr., Albert Einstein and Kirk Douglas all had homes in Palm Springs. Architects Donald Wexler, Stewart Williams, and Albert Frey descended upon Palm Springs, designed and then built hundreds of architectural gems in the area. These architects pushed the limits of design with clean simple lines, inventive materials and minimalistic concepts.
Donald Wexler designed homes for some of Hollywood’s elite including Tony Curtis and Dinah Shore. He also designed the Palm Springs International Airport, original built for the US military in the late 1930’s.
Stewart Williams built many organic homes in Palm Springs including the Edris House in the 1950’s. The pool was built first to protect the natural landscape from the construction equipment. Then the home was constructed with local stone and Douglas fir in the modernism style.
To experience a wonderful overview of Palm Springs architecture, learn history and gain a new appreciation for the area Robert Imber, tour director, offers small group tours in an intimate and engaging presentation. His knowledge of the area is astounding and he’s more than happy to answer questions.
With an incredible choice of hotels, B&B’s, and Inns Palm Springs is a wonderland of outdoor exploration, retro living, International events, and world class dining. It’s a great day trip, but beware you may just fall in love and never leave.
Palm Springs is an easy two-hour drive from San Diego or LA. With an international airport located in Palm Springs there’s no reason not to visit. For more information contact the Palm Springs Visitors Center.