Palm Springs, CA

Mid Mod Scene: Palm Springs

With the largest concentration of Mid Century Modern architecture and design in the United States, Palm Springs is a “Mecca” for modern enthusiasts. Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms estate gets the most attention, homes of stars like Bob Hope, Elizabeth Taylor and Dinah Shore stun tourists with their modern design, too.

Photo courtesy of Sinatra House The Sinatra House is available as a nightly rental and for special events. Contact: concierge@naturalretreats.com for reservations. City of Palm Springs ID #1039
Photo courtesy of Sinatra House The Sinatra House is available as a nightly rental and for special events. Contact: concierge@naturalretreats.com for reservations. City of Palm Springs ID #1039

Every February, Palm Springs hosts Modernism Week, drawing 150,000 to participate in the 375 educational, inspiring and just plain fun activities. It’s by far the largest gathering of Mid Mod lovers in the United States. Use this list as your starting point for your very own Palm Springs Mid Century Modern experience!

Prominent Mid Century Palm Springs Architects:  

  • E. Stewart Williams
  • Richard Neutra
  • John Lautner
  • Donald Wexler
  • Albert Frey
  • Bill Krisel
  • William Cody

Palm Springs Mid Century Modern Homes:  

  • Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms by E. Stewart Williams
  • Bob Hope Residence by John Lautner
  • Kaufmann House by Richard Neutra
  • Frey House II by Albert Frey
  • Steel Houses by Donald Wexler
  • Elrod House by John Lautner

Palm Springs Modernism Events:  

Palm Spring Modern Societies:

  • Palm Springs Modern Committee
  • AIA California

Palm Springs Modern Museums/Exhibitions:  

  • Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center

Palm Springs Tour Companies:

  • Palm Springs Mod Squad
  • Palm Springs Celebrity Tours
  • PS Architecture Tours