The Desert Sun’s Xochitl Pena writes that Modernsim Week Fall Preview kicks off today, and while many Modernism Week Fall Preview events are already sold out, there are still lots of opportunities to whet your appetite for all things mid-century modern. For anyone who doesn’t know, Modernism Week Fall Preview is a three day show of architecture and design, featuring a wide variety of events ranging from cocktail parties and walking tours to lectures and double-decker bus tours. Ticket are available for purchase by going to the Modernism Week Fall Preview website at

Below is Xochitl Pena’s list of 10 fun events for which tickets were still available earlier in the week: 

  • Walking Tours: The walking tours still available showcase different neighborhoods, such as the prestigious and celebrity home filled Old Las Palmas neighborhood and Deepwell Estates that includes homes designed by such notable architects as E. Stewart Williams and Donald Wexler. Cost is $35;
  • Frank Sinatra’s “Twin Palms” Estate Tour: Hosted by the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation, this self-guided tour includes a brief talk about the home’s history and architecture, designed by E. Stewart Williams in 1947. Cost is $40;
  • Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour: This is a 2.5 hour tour in an open-air double decker bus of past important civic and commercial buildings that includes the Kaufmann Desert House, William Krisel’s House of Tomorrow and the iconic Tramway Gas Station. Cost is $85;
  • An Afternoon with Hugh M. Kaptur: A chance to meet legendary architect, Hugh M Kaptur, at Destination PSP during an afternoon soiree.  1 to 3 p.m. Friday, PSP Destination, 170 N. Palm Canyon Drive. Admission is free;
  • Modernism Show and Sale: This event features 40 national and international decorative and fine arts dealers showcasing everything from vintage furniture and paintings to jewelry and accessories. 10 to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Palm Springs Convention Center, 277 N. Avenida Caballeros. Cost is $15;
  • Christopher Kennedy’s Palm Springs Pad: Interior designer and tastemaker Christopher Kennedy opens the doors to his new Palm Springs pad to help guests embrace the latest in modern style and learn to implement that style in their own homes. Cost is $20;
  • Modernism Week Bike Ride: Hosted by Hot Purple Energy, this bike tour will include an “Architectural tour” of Palm Springs neighborhoods. A course map will be provided along with commemorative T-shirts on a first come, first served basis. Bike rentals are available. 10 to 1 p.m. Saturday at 350 S. Palm Canyon Drive. Free;
  • Best of “Modernism with a Twist:” A cocktail party precedes five, fun and informative 10-minute talks by prominent modernists on a variety of “thought-provoking” topics. From 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at The Desert Star, 1611 S. Calle Palo Fierro, Palm Springs. Cost is $40;
  • Preservation party for E. Stewart Williams National Designation: A fundraiser with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails to pay for the nomination of several E. Stewart Williams buildings into the National Register of Historic Places.  6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, The Shops at Thirteen Forty Five, 1345 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. $85-150; and
  • Frey House II Tours: A 45-minute tour of modernist architect Albert Frey’s home hosted by the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Architecture and Design Council. Cost is $55.

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