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Desert Glamour: The Crockett Residence Tour

The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation will host a tour of the Crockett Residence (1951), one of Herbert W. Burns’ most successful residential designs.

$50 (30 min)

Category: Self-guided, Tour (Exterior), Tour (Interior)

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This tour is a rare chance to see one of architectural designer Herbert W. Burns’ sublime residential designs. The beautifully detailed Crockett Residence (1951) is an intact example of the Late Moderne style, an aesthetic that featured simple yet sophisticated architecture, which contrasted an emphasis on the horizontal line with dynamic vertical detailing, all of which was imbued with a feeling of glamour.  Burns’ masterful use of the Late Moderne vocabulary produced high-quality, human-scaled structures appropriate to their desert surroundings. His self-described expertise as a “color consultant” is on full display here.  The Crockett Residence was designated a city of Palm Springs Class 1 Historic Resource in July 2021. This is a self-guided tour but tourgoers will receive a four-page color collectible handout.

As a special treat, Steven Keylon, author of PSPF’s popular 84-page book, The Design of Herbert W. Burns, will be available to sign copies of the book, which may be purchased by tour goers at a special, discounted price of only $10 each!

The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to educate and promote public awareness of the importance of preserving the historical resources and architecture of the city of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley area.”  PSPF offers free membership as a public benefit.  To learn more about the work of the foundation see Palm Springs Preservation Foundation


Things to Know
To avoid confusion, and as a courtesy to other tour goers, please arrive at your designated tour start time.
Shoe covers may be required.
There are some exterior and/or interior steps.
No children or pets and no smoking please.
Large purses and/or backpacks are discouraged.
Restrooms are not available for tour use.
Interior photography is at the discretion of the homeowner.
Please be respectful of the neighborhood and do not park in front of mail boxes or driveways.
The organizer of this event is Palm Springs Preservation Foundation


Event Check-in Location
590 W Linda Vista Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Photo Credit: Palm Springs Preservation Foundation – Julius Shulman © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10) – Gary Smith – Palm Springs Preservation Foundation – Julius Shulman © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10) – Mood Creative.
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