Architectural and Design

Meet Gary And Kathy Friedle, Owners Of The Charming Monkey Tree Hotel

  • Posted By: February 26, 2019

The term "boutique hotel" gets thrown around quite a bit, but you won't be disappointed when you book a room at The Monkey Tree Hotel, a very private, 16-room oasis set on one acre. The hotel was designed and built in 1960 by the renowned midcentury architect Albert Frey and was meticulously renovated in 2015 by its current owners, Gary and Kathy Friedle.

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Touring Achitecture in Palm Springs

  • Posted By: February 26, 2019

Over the last couple months we’ve had a look at some amazing homes in Palm Springs.  While they’re spectacular, many of them are off limits to the public. Fortunately there are some equally stunning public buildings where you can enjoy modernist architecture up close without a trespassing ticket!

We consulted expert Robert Imber, who runs Palm Springs Modern Tours about some of his must see architecture spots in the desert.  As far as public buildings go, he couldn’t pick just one!

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Desert X 2019

  • Posted By: February 18, 2019

By Barbara Beckley

From awesome art in the solitary sand to Palm Springs’ bus stops, stairs to nowhere at the Salton Sea, a glittery ghost palm and mid-century modern architecture as a sounding board, Desert X 2019 has turned the Coachella Valley into an artistic canvas for all to enjoy.   Feb. 9 - April 21, 2019.     

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Modernism Week 2019 Tickets on Sale Now

  • Posted By: December 17, 2018

This 10 day signature event focuses on mid-century modern design and architecture that makes Palm Springs so unique. Over 75 events including Palm Springs Modernism Show at the Convention Center; Frey II House Tours, Double Decker Bus Tours, films, lectures, interior design tours, swanky parties and other special events. 

Here is a quick look at some of the events. Go to Modernism Week for a full listing.

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A Beach House At Home in the Desert

  • Posted By: November 06, 2018

By Lydia Kremer

An historic architectural treasure is now a new attraction in Palm Springs. An exact scale replica of the 1952 Walker Beach House by modernist architect Paul Rudolph is installed in Palm Springs.

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Stay at the Frey – Modernist Architect of Palm Springs

  • Posted By: June 15, 2018

By Christina Cary 

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Modernism Week & Art Palm Springs

  • Posted By: Palm Springs Insider January 25, 2018

Love midcentury modern design? Love art? Well you’re in luck, because it’s just about that time of year where modernist design and fine art intersect in the desert, with Palm Springs Modernism Week and the Art Palm Springs Fair happening simultaneously in Palm Springs. Modernism Week has expanded to an 11-day affair, happening on February 15-25, 2018, while Art Palm Springs coincides with the first weekend, on February 15-19, 2018.

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Frank Sinatra's Twin Palm Estate

  • Posted By: Palm Springs Insider September 12, 2017

Frank Sinatra bought his very first home at 1148 East Alejo Road (between Caballeros and Sunrise in Palm Springs), and it was his primary residence from 1948 to 1957. Sinatra had been quoted as saying that in his life he always felt the need “to get away from it all, but not too far away,” and the desert estate he built in 1947 seemed to fit the bill. He chose the Palm Springs Movie Colony neighborhood, where names like Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Al Jolson, Jack Benny, and Cary Grant all had houses at one point or another – but which at the time still felt spacious and fairly unpopulated.

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Great Tours #2: fun & easy walking tours

  • Posted By: February 21, 2017

TourA great way to get to know a new city is by getting an expert to show you the ropes. Signing yourself up for a tour or a guided experience doesn't have to be boring or clichéd. Today's tours in Palm Springs are much more interactive and interesting, and you won't find a guide with an umbrella or a flag in sight!

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