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The Architecture of Desert Leisure

Palm Springs Preservation Foundation board member Erik Rosenow chronicles how modernist architects brought the leisure lifestyle to Palm Springs’ middle class. Free (1 hr)
Category: @Palm Springs, Free, Kid-Friendly Activity, Presentation, Talk


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Palm Springs has long been a playground to the stars and, starting as early as the 1920s, Hollywood publicists produced a constant stream of images documenting their “leisure lifestyle.”  But it wasn’t until about 1960 that those visiting Palm Springs discovered that they too could have a slice of that enviable lifestyle in the form of stylish, architect-designed condominium complexes that offered luxurious community pools, miniature pitch-and putt golf courses, tennis and shuffleboard courts, and a whole array of other distractions.  Some of these lifestyle condominium complexes even featured swanky clubhouses for the requisite cocktail.  Join Palm Springs Preservation Foundation board member and author Erik Rosenow as he chronicles The Architecture of Desert Leisure through vintage and contemporary photos, and how modernist architects of the era brought the leisure lifestyle to the middle class.

The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to educate and promote public awareness of the importance of preserving the historical resources and architecture of the city of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley area.”  PSPF offers free membership as a public benefit.  To learn more about the work of the foundation see   

Free, ticketed event

Things to Know

This event is for all ages.
No children or pets and no smoking please.
Proof of vaccine or negative Covid test within 72 hours of attendance will be required for entry. Masks will be required indoors.
This is a popular free event so if your plans change and you need to cancel please notify us at so that we may make the space available to someone else.  
Free parking available.
Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Palm Springs Preservation Foundation.

Event Check-in Location

Camelot Theatres at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 East Baristo Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262 
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Photo Credits: 
Mood Creative, James Spilde

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