Palm Springs Getting Its Own Architecture Museum


By Neal Broverman

The gay-popular desert city is also a center of innovative mid-century design.

Palm Springs, filled with meticulously-designed homes and buildings from the 1940s through 60s, is getting its own museum honoring its history as a center of innovative architecture.

The Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion will inhabit a 1961 bank designed by E. Stewart Williams. Los Angeles architect Marmol Radziner is renovating the former Santa Fe Savings and Loan on Palm Canyon Drive and bringing it back to its original, early '60s look.

The museum, scheduled to open in November, will "function as a space for the display and study of design disciplines, along with providing archival storage for the Palm Springs Art Museum," according to the Desert Sun. Palm Springs is considered the epicenter of the Mid-Century Modern movement, which emphasized sleek lines and integration of nature into design.

Participants in Palm Springs' Modernism Week -- a celebration of P.S.'s look that includes tours, lectures, and parties going on currently -- will be able to catch a sneak peek of the museum's under-construction exterior. Click here for more info on Modernism Week, and here for details on the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center.

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