Architecture Tours by Modernism Week


Enjoy the definitive modern architecture tour. The city’s top tour providers have joined forces to offer a fascinating exploration of Palm Springs’ world-famous midcentury modern architecture. $110 (2.5 hrs) Tours occur December through May.
Modernism Week and PS Architecture Tours – Palm Springs’ leading providers of architectural tour services – have teamed up to provide the definitive modern architecture tour experience. Join us for a season-long series of carefully curated small group tours spearheaded by Tripadvisor’s top-rated architectural tour operator, Trevor O’Donnell, and a select team of knowledgeable professional guides. Our new mini-coach tours offer an in-depth introduction to Palm Springs history and the city’s world-famous collection of midcentury modern homes and buildings. You’ll join up to 20 fellow architecture and design fans for a fun, fascinating exploration of the city’s most beautiful neighborhoods, pausing along the way to learn https://modernismweek.comabout outstanding works of architecture by some of America’s most important modernist designers. You’ll also learn about Hollywood celebrities who made many of these homes famous, and enjoy back stories that add life, humor and awe to Palm Springs’ amazing modernist legacy. Modernism Week is a community supported nonprofit dedicated to education, preservation and appreciation of modernist architecture and design in Palm Springs. When you choose Architecture Tours by Modernism Week, you’re not only choosing the best, you’re helping to preserve and promote modern architecture for generations to come. $110 Things to Know Proof of Covid-19 vaccination will be required at check-in and face masks must be worn on the tour. This tour is designed for curious adult learners; it may not be appropriate for children. No pets, other than service dogs, are allowed on the mini-coach. Free parking available. Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible. The organizer of this event is Modernism Week. Event Check-in Location Palm Springs Visitors Center, 2901 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 View Map


We are SO EXCITED about our big move! The Denver Mart‘s Pavilion bldg is larger than the space we’ve had at the National Western – AND, the layout is better, with one large show floor! We also have the option to move the stage into the swanky, carpeted adjoining Plaza Bldg in future years!

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Modernism Week





Modernism Week’s signature February Event is an annual celebration of midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture. This exciting festival takes place in February in the Palm Springs area of Southern California. Modernism Week features more than 350 events including the Modernism Show & Sale, Signature Home Tours, films, lectures, Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours, nightly parties and live music, walking and bike tours, tours of Sunnylands, fashion, classic cars, modern garden tours, a vintage travel trailer exhibition, and more.

In addition to the events in February, Modernism Week hosts the “Fall Preview” weekend in October. Partner organizations collaborate to produce a “mini-Modernism Week” to kick-off the active social and recreational season in Palm Springs.

Modernism Week is also a charitable organization, providing scholarships to local students pursuing college educations in the fields of architecture and design; as well as supporting local and state preservation organizations and neighborhood groups in their efforts to preserve modernist architecture throughout the state of California.


2020 National Symposium Chicago: Crossroads of Modern America

2020 National Symposium Chicago: Crossroads of Modern America 

Chicago has been recognized as the “crossroads”, not only for its connecting of water, land, and air networks, but for its place at the intersection of architecture, culture, and technological change. The rapidity of Chicago’s growth, coupled with its prominence in producing innovations of the modern movement is an opportunity for the 2020 meeting of Docomomo/US to consider this history and its prospect for the recognition, interpretation, preservation and extension of the forms and ideas of modernism in the middle of America. The 2020 Symposium theme will be explored through guided tours and lectures, both from invited speakers as well as those to be selected from a call for presentations, to be sent this fall.


The 2020 Symposium will:

  • Explore how Chicago’s growth and socioeconomic dynamics produced an innovative urban architecture
  • Offer an opportunity to enjoy architecture, integrated art, and the streetscapes of Chicago from on foot and upon water.
  • Celebrate iconic and well preserved structures such as Unity Temple and the Farnsworth House while considering iconic and yet endangered structures such as the Thompson Center.
  • Hear from key persons associated with preservation projects and advocacy efforts that maintain and preserve modern architecture in various contexts.
  • Feature tours and lectures at university complexes that feature significant mid-century architecture.