Twin Palms was the desert’s first completed Modernist neighborhood and it established concepts and designs later emulated throughout Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. The neighborhood is best known for its innovative and insightful Krisel-designed and Alexander-built residences. But less well-known are its significant midcentury works from architects Hugh Kaptur, Donald Wexler, and Hal Levitt, as well as more-recent contributions from other notable designers and builders.
Many prominent writers and entertainers have lived in Twin Palms, and the neighborhood is also home to two pieces in the City’s public art collection. The 2016 street renaming ceremony to honor William Krisel was an official Modernism Week event that attracted over 200 people from around the world. For nearly two decades, the neighborhood has been a frequent location for television commercials and print advertising. Its rich history, influential architecture, and enduring appeal have made it a subject of many coffee-table books, several documentary videos, and countless articles in travel and lifestyle magazines.
Your guide will be Eric Chiel, a 12-year Twin Palms resident and local pop culture enthusiast. He’s the founding past-Chairperson of the Twin Palms Neighborhood Organization and the co-creator, creative director, and author of The ONE-PS Guide to Palm Springs Neighborhoods published by Palm Springs Life. This is the first time this walk is being offered and Eric’s narrative will include many facts and sites unique to this Twin Palms tour. So you'll be among the first to appreciate this distinctive neighborhood from an “insider’s” perspective.
Things to Know
This event is for ages 10 and older.
Hand sanitizer will be provided at check-in. Face coverings required for all guests.
This is a gentle walking tour on flat, paved public streets. We’ll cover about 1½ miles in approximately 90 minutes. There are no public restrooms or refreshments on the route. Wear comfortable walking shoes and please check the expected weather on your tour date and consider bringing a jacket, hat, sunglasses, and/or sunscreen as the forecast suggests.
Regardless of COVID-vaccination status, a properly worn face covering (a mask if practical, if not, a face shield) will be required. Social distancing of at least six feet between parties will be enforced. (A “party” is either an individual if attending alone, or a “pod” of those from a single household or group traveling together.)
Please note we’ll not be entering homes or other structures. This is an outdoors tour of the abundant and rich architectural, historical, and cultural sites found in this one-of-a-kind neighborhood.
Ample parking is available at check-in/tour-end area. Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Tour Twin Palms!
Event Check-in Location
Twin Palms Neighborhood, 1201 E Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Photo Credits: Eric Chiel, Ketchum Photography, Henry Connell, Clark Dugger Photography
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