For a second year in a row, some of the the desert’s architectural gems will be open for tours Oct. 5-8 in advance of Palm Springs Modernism Week in February, a spokeswoman said today.
Timed to coincide with Docomomo National Tour Day — it falls on Oct. 8, also Columbus Day — tours of homes and other architecturally significant buildings in and around Palm Springs will be available starting Oct. 5 — a Friday.
Double-decker bus tours typically sell out during Modernism Week, which starts Feb. 14.
“These tours have really struck a chord with the public,” event chairman Jacques Caussin said. “No matter how many tours we offer, they are the first events to sell out. We think the public will enjoy the opportunity to participate in these tours in October and not have to wait until Modernism Week in February.”
Docomomo is an international group that promotes the study, interpretation and protection of the architecture, landscape and urban design of the Modern movement.
Other events scheduled Oct. 5-8 include a cocktail party and art exhibit at a restored 1950s home in Palm Springs and the annual preservation awards
luncheon by the Palm Springs Modern Committee, both on Oct. 6; a free lecture by Palm Springs Preservation Foundation on Oct. 7 and a celebration of the historic site designation at Del Marcos Hotel.
Modernism Week will include home tours, films, lectures and receptions and showcases a design aesthetic popular in the 1950s and 1960s.
Tickets and more information is available at www.modernismweek.com.