Four-Day Event Provides Sample of February Festival Activities Including Tours, Educational Programs, and Receptions

Modernism Week announced today that it has added more events to the schedule for the upcoming 2017 Fall Preview, which will take place October 1922 at various locations in the Coachella Valley. This year, the annual event was expanded to four days and several new events have been added to the already-robust schedule. In addition to the new events, there is still availability for other popular Modernism Week events including the Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours, the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale and home tours.

New events added to the Fall Preview schedule include:

Charles Phoenix: ‘Addicted to Americana’ ($40), October 20; A live comedy slide show performance celebrating a classic and kitschy American life and style, presented by Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix.

Moroccan Modern Sunset Cocktail Party ($70), October 21; A relaxing sunset soiree at a spectacular, one-of-a-kind 1975 residence by architect Hal Lacy, recently renovated to modern luxury by Thomboy Properties.


Vintage Car Show and “Greetings from the Salton Sea” photo exhibition (free), October 21; The first public viewing of recently uncovered archival photographs of the Salton Sea State Recreation Area, coupled with a vintage car show that will include more than 20 cars from the mid 1950s.

Champagne Brunch – Palm Springs Style ($50), October 22, 2017; A brunch at “Desert House 1”, designed by acclaimed architect Lance O’Donnell, celebrating the formal dedication of Angel Cove and Shiprock, two recently preserved properties, that have been saved from development and will be donated to the City of Palm Springs by the Friends of Palm Springs Mountains.

Other notable Fall Preview events that still have ticket availability include:

Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale Preview Party ($60) October 20; The festive Opening Night Party and Early Buying Preview Reception at the Modernism Show & Sale at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The popular Show and Sale, which offers important 20th and 21st century objects, furniture, art and textiles from more than 40 premier national and international decorative and fine arts dealers, continues on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets include daily re-entry to the show. Weekend show hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Midcentury Modern Meets Spanish Revival in Indian Wells ($75), October 22; A unique tour of the iconic 1922 Cavanagh Adobe one of the oldest surviving homes in the Coachella Valley, followed by a presentation by designer Christopher Kennedy and a magnificent champagne brunch at The VUE, at Indian Wells Golf Resort.

“Framed Spaces Home Tour” ($75), October 21; A self-guided driving tour in Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage that showcases a collection of modernist homes that accentuates the “art” of living in the desert. The tour will conclude with a light reception at an iconic E. Stewart Williams-designed building.

“The Essentials of Palm Springs” ($65), October 21; The 4th Annual ONE–PS Neighborhood Home Tour, showcasing significant homes in a variety of Palm Springs neighborhoods.

Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour ($85), daily with multiple tours per day; Modernism Week’s signature tour provides guests with a 2.5 hour overview of significant civic and commercial buildings, as well as residential properties located within notable Palm Springs neighborhoods. Led by knowledgeable guides, this open-air lets participants discover why Palm Springs is synonymous with Desert Modernism.

Frank Sinatra’s “Twin Palms” Estate Tour ($40), October 19; Tours of the historic Frank Sinatra “Twin Palms” estate in Movie Colony East.

Kirk Douglas Residence Tour ($45), October 21; Palm Springs Preservation Foundation will offer tours of the recently restored Kirk Douglas residence, located in the city’s Old Las Palmas neighborhood.

In addition, architectural and preservation champion Sidney Williams will be honored with a star dedication on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. Her star will be unveiled during a ceremony that is open to the public on Friday, October 20 at 2 p.m. at the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion (a building she helped to preserve and restore) located at 300 S. Palm Canyon Drive.

Fall Preview attendees will also be able to experience a wide range of compelling architectural tours, including the iconic Frey House II residence, a Palm Desert architectural walking tour, and much more.

Tickets for all events may be purchased at

The weekend’s events provide attendees with a sampling of the events and activities that will be offered during the annual 11-day festival in February 2018. Highlights of the October Fall Preview include a wide range of tours in Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert and Indian Wells (including walking tours, Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus, a new tour showcasing homes across a range of neighborhoods, and a new mix of home tours, educational events, and evening cocktail parties.

Following the Fall Preview, Modernism Week’s signature 11-day festival will take place February 15-25, 2018. The schedule and tickets will be available November 1 at 12 p.m. PST. To receive updates, visit and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The Hilton Palm Springs Resort, Modernism Week’s official host hotel, is offering a special $169++ room rate for a limited time only. Contact the Hilton directly at 760-320-6868 or go to the Modernism Week web at and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.