Located in the Coachella Valley, two hours from LA, Palm Springs was the refuge of Hollywood stars who wanted to escape the bustle of the city in the 1950’s. It was at this time that the mid-century modern architectural movement was born, also known as « desert modernism architecture » which is characterized by lines, geometric shapes, clean spaces emitted between light and the Palm trees.
Each villa is unique by its color, its roof pitch, its swimming pool or its openness to nature. The design and architecture of Palm Springs have since been honored each year during the Modernism Week festival, which brings together lovers of mid-20th century architecture from around the world.
The rest of the year, PS Architecture Tours, The Modern Tour, or Palm Springs Mod Squad share their passion for the region’s architecture through guided tours. And if you’re more in the mood to discover this architecture for yourself, here is a 100% free walking itinerary.