The Palm Springs Modernism Week Fall Season Kick-Off is finally upon us, with a weekend full of great architecture tours, parties, lectures, shopping and more.  It’s not too late to make plans to experience some of the weekend’s activities! Here’s a roundup of some great options:


‘Suddenly 1954’ Cocktail Party:

Friday, October 11, 8 PM – 11 PM at Design 849 (849 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs); $50 per person

Return to the glamorous, carefree world of 1954 where you can dance to the popular music of the day, imbibe in retro cocktails and view fabulous vintage 1954 cars on display. Lounge under the stars in a beautiful courtyard as you sip your Gin Rickey and watch models parade in 50s fashions from the Déjà Vu Room.  The Design 849 building, designed by William Cody in 1954 to serve as Palm Springs’ original post office, is the perfect location for a soiree to celebrate the fall kick-off to Modernism Week, and guests are encouraged to dress in keeping with the period.  Tickets and more information are available at ModernismWeek.comPresented by Flooring Innovations and Design 849.


Architecture Tours:

Many of the architecture tours quickly sold out, but there are still openings in a few of the Modernism Week Double Decker Architecture Bus Tours this weekend. The bus tours focus on Mid-Century Modern and Desert Spanish architecture styles, and include many homes owned by stars such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Cary Grant.  The Desert Spanish roots of Palm Springs are represented by the Welwood Murray library, the Thomas O’Donnell house and the amazing estates, Il Paradiso and Invernada. Many of the city’s architecturally significant civic and commercial buildings are also a part of the tour. The tours are conducted by informative and entertaining tour guides, with only the exteriors of properties being seen on the tour, and there is one rest stop at the Palm Springs Visitor Center.  Tickets and more information are available at

In a fun spin on the traditional architecture tours, Hot Purple Energy, Palm Springs’ leading alternative energy company, is hosting a free Mid-Century Architecture Bike Tour through South Palm Springs on Saturday, October 12 departing at 10:30 AM sharp from Koffi (1700 S. Camino Real, Palm Springs). The ride will include mini lectures as you pass some of the iconic homes along the way, including some that have discreet HPE solar systems. A post-ride party will follow, complete with a free fall-inspired feast, the solar powered HPE All-Star band, as well a special architectural guest lecturer. The first 75 riders to RSVP will also receive a gift bag including a special edition HPE modernism week t-shirt. The event is free, but requires pre-registration. All ages welcome; provide your own bike. More information here, and email to register.


Modernism Yard Sale:

The Paul Kaplan Group is hosting the 2nd annual Modernism Yard Sale, a celebration of mid-century modern collectables. You might find books, baubles and bar tools at the yard sale, which is held in the parking lot of the Paul Kaplan Group’s headquarters, located at 1701 N Palm Canyon Drive. Local and out-of-area vendors that specialize in mid-century items, as well as local homeowners who have cleaned out their closets, will be there selling unique modern wares and tchotchkes . Attendees of the first Modernism Yard sale during Modernism Week last February, found jewelry, vintage dishware, doll houses, clothing, significant pieces of home furnishings, and even a 1960’s “Canned Ham” trailer for sale. This time there will be even more vendors and fun! The Paul Kaplan Group will be serving refreshments to the eager shoppers again this year. Entrance for shoppers is free, and the sale runs from 8 AM – Noon. Additional information here. Presented by the Paul Kaplan Group and ModernBear.

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