In Greater Palm Springs, the architecture is as awe-inspiring (and unparalleled) as the views. Decades ago, modernist architects discovered an oasis of inspiration in this sun-kissed destination, and their groundbreaking achievements in design can still be seen and appreciated today.
Marvel at butterfly rooflines that cut across the clear blue sky. Wander through airy spaces with floor-to-ceiling windows that seamlessly blend the outdoors with the in. And even spy the occasional Spanish Colonial and Mediterranean facade peeking out from clusters of whispering palms. Here, buildings are things of beauty and doorways are as colorful as springtime wildflowers in bloom.
For a deeper dive into the architecture and style of Greater Palm Springs, add one (or all!) of these unique experiences to your trip itinerary:
Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center: Designed by E. Stewart Williams and located in downtown Palm Springs, the center is dedicated to architecture-related exhibitions and research space. (Plus, their on-site gift shop overflows with fun design-centric finds.)
Midcentury Modern Tours: Private or group tours offer a rare up-close look at some of the destination’s most historic neighborhoods and midcentury modern gems, such as Elvis’ Honeymoon Hideaway (aka the “House of Tomorrow”) and Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms Estate.
Sunnylands Center & Gardens: Tours of this historic 25,000-square-foot estate designed by A. Quincy Jones must be booked in advance, but seeing the unique juxtaposition of midcentury modern style and Mayan-inspired aesthetics is every architecture buff’s dream.
Modernism Week: This annual celebration of midcentury modern architecture draws design enthusiasts from around the world and features home tours, cocktail receptions, film screenings, lectures, and more.