Sam West

Modernism Week Returns to Palm Springs on February 15

It’s already that time again. Hordes of architectural aficionados are descending on Palm Springs for 11 days of talks, tours, and revelry all centered around the unifying theme of modernist design. Yes, Thursday, February 15 kicks off Modernism Week in Palm Springs. Where else can you look at the past and dream of the future all in one thought and under the label of “modern”? Of course, modernism is referencing a broader range; a liberal point in time often represented along the leisurely avenues of Palm Springs by mid-century architecture. This year’s 11-day “week” offers over 350 events open to the general public and brimming with rare opportunities.

Palm Springs Signature Home Tour

If you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, sign up for the Palm Springs Signature Home Tour running on February 18 and February 25. Consider it a mid-century sampler. Casually interested in modernism? Or an avid fanatic? Either way, this signature tour introduces a variety of stunning properties. After a decade of awakening patrons to the charm of mid-century style, this tour remains a favorite event of Modernist Week regulars and novices alike. 

Modernism Week Restoration Series: The Sutter House

Our final pick of the standout tours for this year’s Modernism Week focuses on a masterful restoration effort. Modernism Week Restoration Series: The Sutter House introduces a new regular series to the event schedule, and it’s starting on solid footing. E. Stewart Williams, AIA, designed Palm Springs Historic Site #133, better known as the Sutter House, in 1958. Through modern strides in restoration techniques, this home has been renovated and preserved with furniture and interior design taking us back to the halcyon days of mid-century style. The tour is available for one day only, February 18 (and is likely already sold out). 

It’s Not Too Late to Plan Your Modernism Week Itinerary

So, what if you’re late to the party and all of these events are already sold out? There’s still plenty to experience over the 11 days, so just check the official site to see what’s still available. The majority of the events are low cost. Some are even free! If you have even a passing curiosity about mid-century design, then you need to attend at least one Modernism Week. And, to take a page from the modernists’ handbook, there’s no time like the present.  See you in Palm Springs

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