Modernism Week’s signature tour! The Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour provides guests with a 2.5 hour overview of significant civic and commercial buildings, as well as residential properties located within notable Palm Springs neighborhoods, including the midcentury “leisure lifestyle” communities in South Palm Springs. Lead by knowledgeable guides, this open-air experience offers unique, exterior perspectives of Desert Spanish and Midcentury Modern architecture, two predominant styles found in Palm Springs. From the oldest existing structure in Palm Springs, the McCallum Adobe, and the expansive grounds of the exclusive Villa Paradiso Estate, to Albert Frey’s 800 square foot “Frey House II” perched on the mountainside, passengers will gain a better understanding of the historical richness and architectural diversity found in this desert oasis.
Tour highlights include exterior views of William Krisel’s House of Tomorrow, Richard Neutra’s architectural masterpiece, the Kaufmann Desert House, Donald Wexler & Richard Harrison’s Steel Development Houses, and E. Stewart Williams’ legendary “Twin Palms” estate, the former residence of Frank Sinatra. Other architecturally significant buildings on the tour will include Palm Springs City Hall, Saint Theresa Parish, and the iconic Tramway Gas Station, now the Palm Springs Visitors Center. Discover why Palm Springs is synonymous with Desert Modernism!
This event qualifies for 2.5 AIA/CES Learning Units (LU).
Things to Know
This event is for all ages.
Masks may be required on this tour.
Free parking is available on nearby streets; paid parking is available in the lot on Avenida Caballeros.
Check-In: on the east side of the Convention Center on Avenida Caballeros.
Bus tours depart promptly. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your tour departure time or risk the possibility of your seat being sold to stand-by passengers.
Seating: Tickets are for upper deck only.
Hats and sunscreen are highly recommended for sun exposure.
Wheelchair accessible for lower deck only.
Prohibited: Alcoholic beverages, smoking, vaping, food, glass containers, and pets.
Comfort Stop: Yes
This event is EXTERIOR VIEWS ONLY.
This event is organized by Modernism Week.
Event Check-in Location
Palm Springs Convention Center, 277 N. Avenida Caballeros Palm Springs, CA 92262
Photo Credits: David A. Lee, Arianne Keens
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