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Here’s How to Make the Most of the Four Day Event

Written By: Noelle Roys Modernism Week Preview Events

Calling all vintage architecture lovers: now is your chance to get a sneak peek at what’s to come during February’s Modernism Week. This month, Modernism Week Fall Preview, a long weekend filled with retro-inspired tours, parties and events, will be held between Oct. 18-21 at various locations throughout Palm Springs. We’ve gathered the best tips to help you make the most of the exciting Fall Preview. Be sure to check the Modernism Week website for ticket availability, and to keep up-to-date with the latest news and happenings.

Modernism Week Preview Events

Double Decker Style

The Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour is the best way to score amazing views of Palm Springs’ famous midcentury modern structures, most of which are impossible to catch a glimpse of outside of this tour. You are bound to become an architecture whiz after the two and a half hour tour, hosted by knowledgeable and entertaining guides.

Modernism Week Preview Events

Party Like It’s 1959

Get first dibs on thousands of design-show worthy items from 40 exhibitors at the preview party for the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale. Enjoy a glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres while perusing beautiful sculptures, paintings, jewelry, vintage furniture and more. The shopping event is a fundraiser for Modernism Week and will support its scholarship program and preservation efforts. Don’t miss the opening night party, which will be held on Friday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m.

Modernism Week Preview Events

Dress the Part

Vintage attire is always encouraged during Modernism Week Fall Preview events. This is your excuse to break out that cool ‘60s embroidered top or brightly-patterned dress you’ve been saving for a special occasion. Want to step up your style? Make a pit stop at your local thrift or vintage shop to find the perfect retro piece, or check out the shops in the Uptown Design District once you arrive in Palm Springs!


Step Into the Past

Attendees of Modernism Week Fall Preview are invited to tour quintessential midcentury modern homes to get a true feel for mid-20th-century life. Tour La Vie En Rose, a spectacular interior renovation of a property built in 1958, and leave the desert feeling inspired to redecorate. You can also tour the classic Green Gables property, several William Krisel homes on the Cul-de-Sac Experience and more.

Expand Your Trivia Knowledge

Take a break from the tours and parties and attend one of the many discussions, presentations and lectures taking place over the four-day preview. The Best of Mod with a Twist, a must-do event, is a series of five, 10-minute lectures focused on the oddities of midcentury America. Prepare to dive into quirky yet fascinating topics including “ModWest,” the fusing of modern style with 1950s western style, and “Feelin’ Groovy,” which covers the history of the use of hallucinogens.


Visit a Vintage Guest House

For a truly memorable experience, tour The Walker Guest House Replica, a full-scale, fully-furnished duplicate of Paul Rudolph’s iconic 1952 creation. Tours of the guest house will be offered daily during Fall Preview, so don’t miss this rare opportunity to see an authentic snapshot of the past!


All For a Good Cause

During Fall Preview, you will have the chance to support a local non-profit by opting for one of the event’s charity-benefiting walking tours. If you’re a fan of Ol’ Blue Eyes, join the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation to get a glimpse of Frank Sinatra’s “Twin Palms” Estate, a stunning midcentury-modern property with a hint of Hollywood flair. Tours will be held on Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Snag a Souvenir

From kitschy, inexpensive vintage trinkets to one-of-a-kind furniture pieces, the shops in Palms Springs are filled to the brim with conversation pieces. Whether you pick up a desert-scape-inspired print from a local artist or decide to splurge on a sophisticated Eames chair, you won’t regret having a souvenir to commemorate your time in the desert.