Tenth Annual Alexander Weekend Continues Modernism Celebrations, Previews New Tribute Journal, The Alexanders: A Desert Legacy

Alexander Weekend tickets are now on sale!

The Alexander Weekend,  March 25-27, 2011, celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation’s inaugural event in 2001 that first recognized the Alexander Construction Company’s significant contributions to modernist residential architecture in Palm Springs.

In conjunction with its first Great Alexander Weekend, the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation published a tribute journal entitled When Mod Went Mass: A Celebration of Alexander Homes. The weekend and tribute journal launched a growing appreciation of the seminal role the Alexander Construction Company played in the creation of Palm Springs’ “built environment.”  It also brought to the forefront the architectural importance of those Alexander-built tract homes designed by architects William Krisel and Donald Wexler.

This year, a new commemorative tribute journal devoted to the Alexanders is entitled The Alexander: A Desert Legacy and written by architect/author Jim Harlan. Continue reading “Tenth Annual Alexander Weekend Continues Modernism Celebrations, Previews New Tribute Journal, The Alexanders: A Desert Legacy”

Palm Springs Modernism Week Feb. 17-27 Celebrates Culture, Architecture

Palm Springs has long enjoyed international fame as a celebrity haven and world-class vacation destination.

But more than a decade ago, the exacting restoration of the Richard Neutra-designed Kauffman House in Palm Springs sparked renewed interest in Mid-Century Modern architecture, and since fanned the flames of national and international attention.

Palm Springs began attracting a new tourism niche for architecture and design buffs because of the astonishing concentration of significant Mid-Century works by such pioneer builders and architects as Neutra  www.neutra.org. Joseph Eichler, www.eichlernetwork.com.  Albert Frey, E. Stewart Williams, John Porter Clark, Bill Krisel, William Cody, www.psmodcom.com. ; John Lautner, www.johnlautner.org. Don Wexler, www.moderndeserthome.com. ;A Quincy Jones, www.aquincyjones.com. and many others. Continue reading “Palm Springs Modernism Week Feb. 17-27 Celebrates Culture, Architecture”

All About Alexander Homes

Plans are underway for the 10th Anniversary of the “Great Alexander Weekend” in Palm Springs, March 26-27, 2011. The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation (www.pspreservationfoundation.org ) is planning a full weekend of home tours, seminars, cocktail receptions and special tributes to one of Palm Springs’ most influential and innovative home builders.

The Great Alexander Weekends and PSPF’s tribute book, When Mod Went Mass, have garnered significant awareness of the Alexander-built tract homes by architect William Krisel, and helped leverage even more importance to the genre of Mid-Century Modern homes, commercial and public buildings which are prevalent throughout Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley.

From as early as the 1920s and through the 1970s, an impressive roster of talented architects have been captivated by Palm Springs:  R.M. Schindler, Richard Neutra, and Lloyd Wright (Frank Lloyd Wright’s son); young Swiss architect Albert Frey whose work profoundly influenced desert architecture; and regional modernists William F. Cody, Donald Wexler, E. Stewart Williams and Krisel. Continue reading “All About Alexander Homes”

The West Coast’s Largest Design Event

West Coast’s Largest Design Show Celebrates the Best Modern Projects, Products and People.

If you can’t get enough Mid-Century Modern, do not miss Dwell On Design (www.dwellondesign.com ), the West Coast’s largest design event, returning June 25-27 to the Los Angeles Convention Center.  Only a two-hour drive from Palm Springs.

Curated by the editors of Dwell Magazine, this three-day extravaganza features more than 200 brands on exhibition with design-forward exhibits, competitions, East and West side home tours, and over 80 presentations and panels by design industry  leaders and influencers. Continue reading “The West Coast’s Largest Design Event”

See you in Palm Springs for the coolest confab of


See you in Palm Springs for the coolest confab of modernism aficionados anywhere!

What’s New at Modernism Week?The 5th Annual Modernism Week will be bigger and better than ever!

We are expanding the number of events from last year – we will have more
than 40 events in 10 fun-filled days, including several events that will be
free to the public.

  • Some of the 2010 Modernism Week’s highlights include:
  • A special tribute to renowned modernist architect Albert Frey
  • An exclusive home tour concluding with a chic reception at
    a celebrity home
  • A vintage fashion show
  • An architecture and design film series
  • A silent auction during the Modernism Show featuring fabulous items
  • An exhibition of Airstream vintage travel trailers
  • A slide show of retro Americana by Charles Phoenix, author
    and kitsch pop-culture humorist

Plus, many of the other audience favorites will be continued such as the annual architecture symposium, lectures, a vintage car show and other activities that will be held in various venues throughout the City of Palm Springs.

The popular architecture tours which often sell-out will be offered on additional days in response to popular demand.

Get your tickets early at modernismweek.com so you won’t be left out of the fun!

Thursday, Feb. 11

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Wexler Weekend


Last night we went to Palm Springs to see the great Film “Journeyman Architect: The Life and Work of Donald Wexler” at Camelot Theatres. A 67-minute film produced by Design Onscreen followed by a brief Q&A with Wexler tribute journal author Patrick McGrew and architect Doug Hudson.


A clip from the documentary “Journeyman Architect: The Life and Work of Donald Wexler” released by Design OnScreen. The mission of Design Onscreen is to document and disseminate in some form of “film media” the work of significant designers and contemporary issues in design.


The Wexler Weekend House Tour is one of the best house tour values ever offered in Palm Springs. Highlights include Wexler tract homes in El Rancho Vista Estates, Wexler’s own Palm Springs home and Wexler-designed celebrity homes. The house tour will include 14 (yes 14!) houses ranging from tract homes to custom residences to spectacular celebrity homes. Architect Don Wexler’s original Palm Springs home is also included on the tour. The tour ends with stops at two rarely seen celebrity homes. The Wexler House Tour is a “must” event for all lovers of great residential architecture. Don’t miss it . click here for tickets: http://www.pspreservationfoundation.org/save_date.html




wexlerweekendRecognizing the life and work of Mid-Century Modern architect Donald Wexler. The weekend’s events will include a film screening, house tours and an evening cocktail party at an exciting location in Palm Springs.