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Modernism Week underway in Palm Springs


Last updated 2/19/2019 at 12:45pm

PALM SPRINGS - Palm Springs' Modernism Week, an 11-day annual celebration of mid-century design and architecture, officially began Feb. 14, and will feature nearly 350 events around Palm Springs through Feb. 24. Tours, films, lectures and exhibitions will all be available today, including the Seven Lakes Country Club Home Walking Tour.

"Audaciously christened, 'The Gem of the Desert' by its developers, Seven Lakes Country Club has played host or home to a long list of Hollywood celebrities and two U.S. Presidents,'' organizers said. "Situated behind the Parker Hotel, for the seventh year in a row, this gated enclave presents a rare opportunity to tour a curated collection of six magnificent mid-century homes designed in 1966 in the international style by Richard A. Harrison.''

"On February 19, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson and former President Dwight D. Eisenhower enjoyed eighteen holes of golf at Seven Lakes Country Club,'' according to the managers of the property, Paul Kaplan Group. "This historic meeting of the presidents played a significant role in establishing Palm Springs as the 'playground of the presidents.'''

Other featured homes are the Desert Eichler and La Vie en Rose. Some events are already sold out, but tickets to a variety of design celebrations are still available.

The central meeting point for Modernism Week is CAMP located across from the Palm Springs Art Museum at 230 Museum Way and is free to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The space includes charging stations, an information desk, box office, cafe, merchandise store and interactive booths. It will also act as a concourse for the Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours, event spokesman Bob Bogard said.

Appreciation of mid-century design is not the only goal of Modernism Week. It also raises money to provide scholarships to local students pursuing higher education in the fields of architecture and design. The organization also supports state and local groups in their pursuit to preserve modernist architecture throughout California.

Tickets and a full schedule of events can be found at


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