Modernism Week in Palm Springs: Danielle and I Wonder Why We Don't Live in the Desert.

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Last month Danielle and I spent a few days at The Parker in Palm Springs during Modernism Week.  If you're a fan of mid-century modern this is an event that's not to be missed.  While having our 10 month old daughter in tow disqualified us from touring the inside of some of the homes, we did a lot of self guided tours of architectural landmarks like this Wexler designed steel house from 1961.  Due to the sharp rise in steel prices only 7 of these homes were built.

Driving around through all of the architecturally significant neighborhoods had me wishing I'd brought along some Sinatra to elevate the experience.  Incidentally you can rent out Sinatra's Twin Palms Estate, complete with piano shaped pool where Sinatra lived with his first wife Nancy Barbato for a paltry $2600/night plus service fees and taxes.  It sleeps up to eight people, so you can assemble your own Rat Pack on a budget.

The Palm Springs Visitors Center is housed in a former Gas Station designed by Swiss architect Albert Frey in 1965.  Frey worked for Le Corbusier in 1928 and 1929 before immigrating to the US.  The people at the desk are very helpful and will shower you with information and tour bus tickets, but the best way to see everything is at your own speed in your own car.

After long days of sightseeing and teak shopping we realized that the best part of Palm Springs is leaving the stress of the city behind and just napping in the dry desert air.

Until next time...

Wade (+ Danielle + Hazel) @ Pyrrha





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