Palm Springs Modernism Week Bus Tour

While I was in Palm Springs for Modernism Week, I took an architectural bus tour throughout the city. The double decker tour explored some of the most famous architectural landmarks of Palm Springs and several celebrity homes. If you ever get the chance to take one of these tours, I highly recommend it. Our tour guide had an abundance of information to share and being able to view everything from the second story, we could see much more than you could in a small car. Here are just a few of the places we viewed...

The Dinah Shore Estate was designed in 1963 by Donald Wexler

Elizabeth Taylor's Palm Spring Estate was built in the 1930's.

This home, designed by A. Quincy Jones was used in Oceans Eleven. 

The Honeymoon House
Priscilla and Elvis honeymooned at this home in 1967. The story goes that they were going to get married and have the reception around the pool of this home with their closest friends and family. Rona Barrett, a  famous gossip columnist, lived around the corner and revealed to the public this news. Priscilla and Elvis snuck out in the middle of the night and flew to Vegas in Frank Sinatra's private plane and were married there. They flew back to Palm Springs right away and stayed here for their honeymoon.

The Kaufmann House built in 1946 by Richard Neutra. 
Barry Manilow was one of the many owners who lived here after Kaufmann died. 

Bank of America was constructed in 1959 by Victor Gruen Associates.

The Palm Springs Visitor Center designed by Albert Frey and Robson Chambers from 1963-1965. 
This was originally the Tramway Gas Station but now is the official Visitor Center of Palm Springs.

The Wexler Steel Houses were constructed in 1961 and designed by Donald Wexler. 
While Wexler set out to build a whole neighborhood of affordable prefab steel houses, only 7 steel homes were built due to the rising cost of steel.  

The Wexler Steel Houses
The Wexler Steel Houses
The Wexler Steel Houses
The Wexler Steel Houses

Palm Springs City Hall, constructed between 1952-1957 by Albert Frey

The Twin Palm Estates were designed by William Krisel and Dan Saxon Palmer in 1960 and built by George Alexander Construction Company. The majority of the community in Twin Palms has done a remarkable job   of maintaining the original architectural beauty of these homes. How amazing is that landscaping?!

This vacation home was designed by Moises Esquenazi & Associates. 
This has always been one of my all time favorite homes. I remember seeing it in a magazine or online somewhere a few years back and instantly fell in love.  I was so thrilled when our double decker drove right up to it - seriously, it made my day.

The "Ship of the Desert" was built in 1936 by Adrian Wilson and Erle Webster. 
In 1998, the home was destroyed in a fire and was re-built according to the original plans by fashion designer, Trina Turk & her photographer husband, Jonathan Skow. 

The Robot House
In a neighborhood filled with classic modern architecture and celebrity homes, you will certainly be caught off guard when you see a rainbow of robots scattered around a corner property. I don't know who owns this place or what the deal is but I seem to always appreciate it when I see it. 

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  1. WOW! What a beautiful place. Its looks amazing.Great Job!

  2. If you are planning to go for the US i have many opportunity like to book your ticket online by bus tour between the cities and mostly tourist had to complete his tour with us and they are satisfy with our facilities...