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Aarons_PoolsideGossip_HiRes“Pool Side Gossip ” Photographed by a jet setter and socialite photographer, Slim Arron at the house designed by Richard Neutra for Edgar Kaufman, Palm Springs, 1970

Welcome to Palm Springs!  Above opening picture completely captures what Palm Springs Life is all about since the New Architectural and Design movement, Mid Century Modernism was born in America around 1933-1970, which could have been a reflection of International and Bauhaus Movement that was going on in time, but in Our opinion, American Mid Century Modernism has this bright and sort of happy side yet maybe even more minimal than where it all may have started.  And Palm Springs is a Living Museum, Showcase and Real life Evidence of American Mid Century Modernism, and I hope all of you Americans are very proud of it!

Palm Springs has a unique geographical set. It only takes about 1 1/2 hour long car ride from LA airport area. The ride is beautiful along the non stop chain of mountain view and as you reach the town, these gorgeously lined up  California Fan Palms will greet you. The heart of town is protected by breathtaking San Jacinto mountains and sitting on the vastly open desert field.  Closer to the mountain, you will get to more expensive area of the town filled with some of the most prominent Mid Century Homes designed by Donald Wexler, Lautner, Neutra, William Krisel and more.

In My opinion, the dry and hot open desert land filled with lush palm trees surrounded by the most beautiful mountains right int the heart of the town could have been the Critical Natural Setting and Reason for why Mid Century Modernism could have been particularly flourished right here in Palm Springs.

IMG_8496You’ve all have seen this picture before in books or magazines. This is Palm Springs Tram Way Gas station then, now is turned to  Palm Springs Visitor Center designed by Albert Frey in 1965.

IMG_8489Palm Springs Visitor Center. It’s unreal that we are here!

IMG_8518Visitor Center carries All the information you need plus good range of post cards and AMAZING Mid Century Modern Architects’ Books and Documentary films. We went bit crazy buying All the films and more…! It’s a place you must stop by when you visit Palm Springs!

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IMG_8510Please check out my past blog post on Julius Shulman. Julius Shulman resided in Palm Springs for many many years. By the way, from watching Shulman’s documentary, I learned that the 2 men on this book cover is actually Julius himself and his uncle. This is Bop Hope’s house designed by John Lautner and photographed by Shulman. Isn’t it just amazing?

IMG_8508Gael browsing books at the Visitor center.

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IMG_8513Donald Wexler not only designed Mid century residential homes but also was the first person who designed Steel houses. Only 7 of them were built and they were all built by Wexler.  Wexler also has worked on many prominent public buildings such as Palm Springs Airport, Water system office, Public Schools and more in Pam Springs and areas near. This book cover shows Wexler’s signature roof detail.

IMG_8533Palm Springs and close areas are known to get windy. America is blessed with big land everywhere. Right outer edge of Palm Springs, you will see these thousands and thousands windmills creating energy. They come in different heights and sizes. I find the quite beautiful.

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IMG_9284Yay! We are arriving at ACE Hotel Palm Springs Swim Club!!  Our Glorious And Fun Stay base in Palm Springs!

IMG_9288LOVING ACE HOTEL! We highly recommend you to stay at ACE Swim Club in Palm Springs. Hotel itself is not only a Mid Century Architecture but also it got all the right attitude with casual easiness. The staffs are easy going like next door guys and the hotel draws great bunch of crowds. You will see good mix of hip and cool adults to beautiful young family with fully tattooed rock and roll mom and dad , most amazingly dressed hipster grannies in white shades and floral swim suits… This is the Place to BE! Here we are waiting to check in at the front desk area. It feels bit like we are at Opening Ceremony shop.

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IMG_9068So Here’s a Quick history on ACE Hotel Palm Springs. ACE Hotel was built on the foundation of a 1965 Howard Johnson Hotel and the Restaurant space today was then Denny’s chain from the later years. ACE had done an excellent job keeping it all simple and also highly functional ( Good design is also high in function: this is my personal motto and strong belief). Rooms are excellent with right decor and function again. Here we are to grab a quick bite for lunch. Restaurant at ACE is called ” King’s Highway”.

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IMG_9297Emi and I were wondering if these cute Sun Shades were already here from Howard Johnson time. You can buy one from Modernica website today. The shade you can adjust in any angle you want. I think they look quite fun and modern. By the way, Pool Area!!

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IMG_9308ACE hotel is located in quiet area, Twin Palms where is one of main areas you can see numerous Mid Century Modern Homes built right near to San Jacinto Mountain. It’s lovely to have that mountain view from the pool.

IMG_9325That’s Gael, il Lupo di Mare ( wolf of the ocean), jumping in. You get full bar and food service right by the pool. Again friendly staffs, beautiful sunny dry weather, the pool. Life is good here!

IMG_9331Our Captain, Emi deserves some lay low time by the pool. He had driven quite a bit already.

IMG_9094The Pool and generously sized Jacuzzi is open till 2:00 am.

IMG_9102Gael enjoys night ping pong with dad and other guests at ACE.

IMG_9109By the pool food and drinks goes from early morning to late night. Everyone is respectful and relaxed here.

IMG_9110Each building has outdoor communal fire place lounging situations. Ir’s soooo nice. Everything is set up for outdoor. I really envy out here for this.

IMG_9320The indoor full Bar at ACE Kicks Your Butt!  They open for all day and have fun small events at night like concert, karaoke, parties…

IMG_5825Here we are outside of Edgar Kaufman’s Home designed by Richard Neutra. This is the house of the very first picture I put on this posting. Can you believe this home was built back in year 1970?  Today, We are dedicating our day to go see and visit Mid Century Architecture. Residences and also some public buildings. We are very excite! You can hire a private tour guide or get a self guided map for all the prominent Mid Century Modern architecture. We decided to do self guide one and made an appointment to go see inside of 5 mid century homes in Palm Springs.

kaufmann-house-palm-springs-ca-1947-c2a0architect-richard-neutra-photo-julius-shulmanThis is the interior of Kaufman house. The picture is taken by Julius Shulman.

IMG_5882This is one of Wexler designed Mid century home with classic and key detail, Butterfly roof. Butterfly roof was created to prevent roof leaking.

lDonald Wexler’s big break and main training stared by working for an Architect, Richard Neutra.

DONALD-WEXLER-by-Spa-Hotel-Bath-House-1958How Beautiful is this?!!  The gloriously famous and much loved Palm Springs Spa. Then it was the hot spot for old Hollywood heavy weights. Designed by Donald Wexler. 1958.

Donald_Wexler_shore_house10Donald Wexler’s Shore House. San Jacinto mountain must have been the key natural inspiration for these Palm Springs Mid Century Modern Life Style. All the Houses were built with minimal and simple lines to bring indoor to outdoor or vice versa. The Pool is a key point.

ff95011792cdebc1fe38fa4337b52db3Another Wexler Designed home in Palm Springs back in the 60′s. The photo was taken by Julius Shulman in 2005.

IMG_9352Now we are at inside of one of recently sold Donald Wexler’s Mid Century Home. We are here to see the house with one of agents from a much respected Real Estate Agency, Paul Kaplan, Palm Springs.  Chris, Thank you for your time and your selection!

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IMG_9373Here we are at the second house to see. This place is all about the outdoor space. There’s more outdoor than the actual home. Average Mid Century Home is built on about 1300 square foot indoor space including kitchen, bedrooms and the bathroom. And there will be about double the size of outdoor space or more.

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IMG_9378A typical entrance situation of Mid Century Modern homes.

IMG_5852We also ran and biked around the Twin Palm area one morning for couple hours. That’s Gael on the bike! The neighborhood is really quiet and safe.

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IMG_5902Some homes have serious front gardening going. Ahhh we so envy these desert plants..!

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IMG_9119One of the Most fun we had in Palm Springs was going on a Horse back riding across the desert field and arrive at a small oasis in San Jacinto mountain. I am just excite as Gael! We chose to go for Smoke Tree Stables. Friendly, safe and conveniently located near ACE hotel.

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IMG_9185Desert is Dry. But when you get to Oasis, it’s Unbelievably LUSH!!!!  Here we go again, The sign of where water is in desert, California Fan Palms. I learnt couple things about desert plants in this trip for sure.

IMG_9186It’s literally a little Oasis. Oasis comes in all different forms by the way. It’s an amazing feeling you have after a hour long of horseback ride gazing such grand and open mountain and desert view. Then finally arrive at the Oasis. It is our very first time to have such an experience. We are usually beach goers, so this entire trip has been definitely bit of shock to us.

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IMG_5807Cheese! From left, Cholla, Poncho y Pedro. Thank you horses! We love you guys!!

IMG_5908Palm Springs Tram is famous for being the world largest rotating Tramcar and also the Tram station itself is designed by Albert Frey.

IMG_5967It’s 15 minute ride but boy, you get to feel the thrill of going up to 8500ft from the sea level.

IMG_5920The View is Absolutely amazing. Up here at 8500ft high, the temperature drops down about 30 degrees lower than the town. Bring a warm jacket. The Air’s bit thin, but also so clean.

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IMG_5946After we got off the tram, We had gone for a nice walk. It’s so crazy how cold up here!

IMG_9421The vegetation completely changed. It’s a different kind of beauty.

IMG_5906Here’s the Tram station designed by Albert Frey. Read about it’s history here.

tumblr_lkoer3MFtf1qat99uo1_500Albert Frey’s Russel House.

3422436050_59d896e72f_oAlbert Frey’s residence.

IMG_1361Here are some good souvenir we got from Palm Springs. They are all great.  Especially William Krisel was our favorite one for his much stylish life, amazing taste, exotic travels and the happiness he had brought to his family as a wonderful father and a man who only got to do what he loved to do. If anyone is interested in watching any of these documentary films, Please see below!

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There are So many things to do in Palm Springs and near areas.  Especially if you are interested in Mid Century Modern Architecture, this is The Place to visit. The weather is hot and dry year around. From June to August, many businesses are closed as it reaches up to 120 degrees or higher.  January to March is a really good time to visit for wonderful weather. Annual Modernism Week is definitely a main event in Palm Springs to check out. Most major important Mid Century Modern Architecture is open to public for visit along auctions and special lectures.

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Now we are heading out to Salton Sea!

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