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Twin Palms Neighborhood Tour

In 1957, Twin Palms became the desert’s first completed Modernist neighborhood. Designed by William Krisel and built by the Alexander Construction Company.

$90 (2 hrs) — 7 homes on this tour

Category: @Palm Springs, Tour (Exterior), Tour (Interior), Tour (Neighborhood)

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Twin Palms – It Started Here!

William Krisel brought unprecedented sophistication to an economical tract development.  You’ll enter two of his detached homes—each customized with a different roof line that transcends tract construction, and each respectfully restored to reflect its original design.  You’ll also tour a bungalow at the historic Ocotillo Lodge and four later additions to the neighborhood’s evolving architecture—a unique detached 1962 circular roof home designed by Cary Bigman, a custom home built by midcentury contractor Thor Frederickson, and two striking condos from the 1970s by Palm Springs architect Laszlo Sandor.

Exclusive to our tour is a museum-quality multimedia exhibit that reveals Mr. Krisel’s innovations and lasting impact.  It features graphics panels, scale-model homes, neighborhood artifacts, and a video kiosk.

This year’s tour also features several neighborhood landmarks including our new neighborhood entry sign, the renamed William Krisel Way, and the recent expansion of the Hugh Kaptur–designed Palm Springs Fire Station #4.  Vintage cars will enliven your route.

By tour’s end you’ll appreciate why our neighborhood is a frequent location for television and print advertising, and why its enduring appeal is chronicled in coffee-table books, documentary films, music videos, and countless articles in travel and lifestyle magazines.

Tour proceeds help the Twin Palms Neighborhood Organization preserve and beautify our neighborhood and fund community projects.


Things to Know
There are seven (7) homes on this tour.
This event is for ages 12 and older.
Check-in opens 15 minutes before tour time.
There is no parking at the Ocotillo Lodge.  Street parking is available.
Photography is at the discretion of the homeowner.
Private homes are not wheelchair accessible.
There are some interior and exterior steps.
Please no pets, food or smoking is allowed. Water bottles are allowed.
Restroom facilities are only available at the registration area.
The organizer of this event is Twin Palms Neighborhood Organization.

Event Check-in Location
Ocotillo Lodge, 1111 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264 
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Photo Credits: Twin Palms Neighborhood Organization

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