In addition to great weather, beautiful scenery, world-class golf courses and fabulous shopping, Palm Springs is also full of modern era architecture that dates back to the 1950s. Each year, the city of Palm Springs shows its appreciation for these structural designs with its annual Modernism Week, a celebration of midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture.
This exciting festival will feature more than 250 events in the Palm Springs area from February 11-21 with an expected attendance of more than 60,000 visitors. Highlights of the event include films, lectures, architectural bus tours, nightly parties, live music, tours of Sunnylands, fashion shows, classic cars, modern garden tours, a vintage travel trailer exhibition, and more. Signature Home Tours will also be available throughout the event, where participants can view and tour properties that have unique history and elegant modern designs.
Windermere Real Estate will be showing two such properties throughout the event, including "The Lilliana Gardens Glass House", an architectural gem currently listed with Windermere Real Estate | Leaskou Partners. The second is a mid-century style home on Buckboard Lane that is loaded with modern features and listed by Windermere Homes & Estates.
The Lilliana Garden Glass House, which is located in the Mesa neighborhood, is a four-bedroom, three-bath home designed by Donald Wexler and Richard Harrison in 1954, and is currently listed at $1,588,000. The current owner spent more than seven years lovingly restoring this exceptional home, consulting with Donald Wexler throughout the process in order to retain the original artistry, while also incorporating contemporary fixtures and finishes. With its sharp angles, clean lines and walls of glass, there are ever changing lights and shadows inside the home, which makes it a living piece of art – and a great fit for Palm Springs’ Modern Week.
The Buckboard Lane listing, located in B Bar H Ranch, is centrally located from Palm Desert’s most popular attractions, including shopping outlets, golf courses, casinos and more. Although the home was built in 2006, it was designed by Architect Lance O'Donnell, and modeled after homes of the 1950s. Currently listed at $334,950, this home has a very sharp, mid-century theme, featuring an open
floor plan, gorgeous natural stone counters, and mosaic tile throughout the entrance, kitchen and bathrooms. Modern polished concrete floors expand through the living areas and into the master bedroom. The home features a butterfly roof design, outfitted with solar panels to maximize energy efficiency year-round. The backyard pool also utilizes solar energy with a low-maintenance saltwater system. All rooms have access to wrap around decks to enjoy the misting system that surrounds the home and private gardens, which have terrific views of snow-capped mountains and desert vistas.
Modernism Week also has a charitable component which provides scholarships to local students pursuing college educations in the fields of architecture and design. They also support local and state preservation organizations and neighborhood groups in their efforts to preserve modernist architecture throughout the state of California.