Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center

With Palm Springs’ unparalleled concentration of mid-century modern architecture and design, the new Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion is a welcome and highly anticipated addition to the city. The Architecture and Design Center, or “A+D Center,” will be located in downtown Palm Springs in the historic 1961 Santa Fe Savings & Loan building, which was purchased by the Palm Springs Art Museum from a real estate developer about three years ago. The building, designed by renowned mid-century modern architect E. Stewart Williams, is currently undergoing renovations led by the firm of Marmol Radziner to transition the international style structure into the A+D Center.

The museum reports that they are on track for completion of the building this summer, with the first exhibition opening on November 8, 2014. Entitled “An Eloquent Modernist: E. Stewart Williams, Architect,” the exhibition will examine the career and works of the architect who designed not only the building housing the new A+D Center, but also the first permanent structure housing the main location of the Palm Springs Art Museum from the 1950s through the 1970s, as well as the current location of the Palm Springs Art Museum, which the museum commissioned Williams to design in 1974 and was completed in 1976. Williams’ fifty-year career and his important contributions to mid-century modern architecture will be examined through models, photographs, film clips, original renderings and drawings.

Above image: Rendering of the Architecture and Design Center by Marmol Radziner

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