Palm Springs Moderism Week runs April 9-12 and 15-18. The nonprofit run events and home tours celebrate mid-century architecture and design in the greater Palm Springs area. Palm Springs is recognized as one of the centers for classic mid-century modern architecture. These buildings were characterized by clean lines and low profiles. They originate from the mid-1900s, built from the 1930s to the 1970s. The Palm Springs' school of modernism celebrates the city's desert surroundings. Built from stone and concrete in part because wood was not abundantly available in the area, the material also helped to naturally cool the buildings.
A landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this former Tramway Gas Station was designed by Albert Frey (considered the founder of the Palm Springs Modern movement) and Robson Chambers is now the Palm Springs Visitor Center. Built in 1965 its wing-shaped roof rises on either side to form a pair of cantalever verandas that provide shade from the desert sun.
The Kaufmann Desert House was designed by Richard Neutra and underwent an award-winning restoration by Marmol Radziner. The home inspired the iconic images of Julius Shulman and Slim Aarons. Listed in 2020 for $25 million, last month the property at 470 W Vista Chino was reduced and is now available for the low-low price of $19,750,000.
Hungarian-American actress Zsa Zsa Gabor died in 2016, leaving behind a mid-century modern home in Palm Springs that went on the on the market for $969,000. The home features two bedrooms and two baths, a kidney-shaped pool, a separate casita. Like many of Palm Springs' mid-century modern homes, this one, built in1958, has a flat roof that serve as a platform to display the mountains, rather than blocking the view. (See more images of the Garbor home below and on Out.com)