Palm Springs-based writer, publicist, and author of “100 Things to Do in Palm Springs Before You Die”, Lydia Kremer, recently took a look at some of the free events happening during the Oct. 19-22 Modernism Week Fall Preview for a Palm Springs Life Magazine article.  Some of her choices:

THE WEST ELM HOUSE: OCT. 20-22 - 10 A.M. TO 3 P.M.

The West Elm House has been created around the design theme “Midcentury to Next-Century Transformation.” Originally launched during Modernism Week in February, this event is free with a reserved ticket and returns to a 1958 Dan Palmer and William Krisel dsigned home in Palm Springs. The original home was built by the legendary Alexander Construction Company, and then updated and remodeled by a local team at Solterra Builders. West Elm designers have taken their line of organic, handcrafted, sustainably sourced sofas, tables, beds, lighting and accessories from their Living Showroom in Palm Springs and furnished this classic midcentury home with a 21st century aesthetic. Location: 634 S. Bedford Drive, Palm Springs.


Billed as a not-to-be missed opportunity to tour the interior of the Miles C. Bates house (1955), considered to be a significant example of Walter S. White’s buildings and one of the few left in the Coachella Valley. The home’s roof design is truly a unique feature of White’s architecture. The home is being held open to the public for the first time by The City of Palm Desert and the Historical Society of Palm Desert and is threatened with demolition unless someone can rescue it with the passion and the funds to restore the house. Location: 73-697 Santa Rosa Way, Palm Desert


The annual Palm Springs Walk of Stars dedication ceremonies have become a Modernism Week staple, and at Fall Preview, Sidney Williams, a founding member of Modernism Week and the newly retired former curator of the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture + Design Center, will be honored with the 419th star. Sidney will be recognized for spearheading the effort to transform the 1961 Santa Fe Federal Savings & Loan bank building into a dazzling showcase for the Palm Springs Art Museum’s impressive growing collection of architecture drawings and archives, as well as a space for exhibitions and related educational/community programs. Location: 300 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

SEAFEST: OCT. 21 - 7 A.M. TO 7 P.M.

Enjoy a full day of history, music, food, and outdoor recreation at the legendary Salton Sea. The Salton Sea Recreational Area will host a day-long celebration of the storied sea featuring hot air balloon races, vintage car show, live music, farmers market, and an exhibition of historic photos of the Salton Sea in its heyday. SeaFest is hosted by SEAthletes, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture young people to be the next generation of responsible stewards of the Salton Sea. Location: Salton Sea Visitors Center and Salton Sea State Recreation Area, t100225 State Park Road, Mecca


If you enjoy the sweeping vistas of the San Jacinto Mountains as you enter the Palm Springs city limits, you can thank the diligence and dedication of the Friends of Palm Springs Mountains, a non-profit organization that over the past 14 years has raised funds to set aside these treasured open spaces that will eventually comprise a total 210 acres and will become the Chino Canyon Natural Preserve. A public dedication ceremony of the Angel Cove and Shiprock properties will take place to commemorate this amazing legacy. Location: Shiprock at Chino Cone on Highway 111 north of Tramway Road in North Palm Springs.

Although these events are free to the public, some of them require tickets that you can download from the Modernism Week website. Check the full Fall Preview schedule at

To read Lydia Kremer’s original article, courtesy of Palm Springs Life Magazine, please visit: