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Giants of Architecture

See how desert Modern design was applied to commercial buildings in the heart of the fashion and finance district in Palm Springs.

$45 (2 hrs)

Category: @Palm Springs, Tour (Exterior), Neighborhood Walking Tour, Outdoors, AIA Continuing Education

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Get to know the movers and shakers who shaped the city’s growth and development during the economic boom of the midcentury. Learn how visionary local architects E. Stewart Williams, Larry Lapham, and Donald Wexler as well as large nationally recognized architectural firms Victor Gruen & Associates and Pereira & Luckman were able to incorporate the Modern International Movement adapting their structures to the often-harsh desert climate while embracing the incredible views of the surrounding mountains.

This event qualifies for 2 AIA/CES Learning Units (LU).


Things to Know

Please plan to arrive no later than 9:15 a.m. for your tour.
Tour duration: 2 hours.
This tour is for ages 12 and older.
This tour will view EXTERIORS ONLY led by a docent.
Free neighborhood street parking.
Please wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen, hats, and bring water.
Please no pets; service dogs welcome.
All tour duration times are approximate.
There are no bathroom facilities on this tour.
The organizer of this event is Palm Springs Historical Society.

Event Check-in Location

Business District
Ramon Rd at 500 S Indian Canyon Dr, in front of Union Bank
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Photo Credits: 
City National Bank Architect Victor Gruen Associates © 2018 Palm Springs Historical Society All Rights Reserved., Coachella Valley Savings & Loan Architect E. Stewart Williams © 2018 Palm Springs Historical Society All Rights Reserved., Alan Ladd Hardware - Architects Kaptur-Lapham © 2018 Palm Springs Historical Society All Rights Reserved.

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