Modernism Week 2017 Fall Preview



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Modernism Week’s 2017 Fall Preview has now been expanded to four days and will take place October 19-22 at various locations in the Coachella Valley.


Tickets for all events may be purchased at and will go on sale August 1, 2017. 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 and Charles Phoenix-led bus tours, a new tour showcasing homes across a range of neighborhoods, and a new mix of home tours), educational events, and evening cocktail parties.


Some of the highlighted events include:


Historic Cavanagh Adobe tour and brunch


A unique tour and brunch event will take place on Sunday, October 22 in Indian Wells. Guests will have a rare opportunity to view the historic Cavanagh Adobe (1922, H. Addison Sanders; Historic Landmark No 1, Indian Wells Historic Preservation Foundation), one of the oldest surviving homes in the Coachella Valley. After the tour, designer Christopher Kennedy will give an interactive lecture on home décor that integrates his Palm Springs studio with insights from Indian Wells homes he’s curated. The presentation will be followed by a champagne brunch at The VUE at Indian Wells Golf Resort. The brunch and tour runs from 9 am-12:30 pm, and is priced at $75. A special free lecture by the owners of the Cavanagh Adobe will also be presented on Friday, October 20 at 10 am at Indian Wells City Hall.


Framed Spaces Home Tour


The “Framed Spaces Home Tour” on Saturday, October 21 will feature a collection of modernist homes that accentuates the “art” of living in the desert. The self-guided driving tour in Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage will feature amazing spaces with framed views of landscaping, decorative features and art collections. The tour will conclude with a light reception at an iconic E. Stewart Williams-designed building. Tickets are $75.


LECTURE: “Albert Frey & Lina Bo Bardi: Environments for Life”


Palm Springs Art Museum will offer a free lecture entitled “Albert Frey & Lina Bo Bardi: Environments for Life,” presented in coordination with the exhibition, Albert Frey and Lina Bo Bardi: A Search for Living Architecture, on view at the museum’s Architecture and Design Center. The free lecture is at 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 19 at the Annenberg Theater.



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 the 4 th Annual ONE–PS Neighborhood Home Tour, “The Essentials of Palm Springs,” showcasing significant homes in a variety of Palm Springs neighborhoods. 


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 on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.