Palm Springs Modernism Week

Greg Purdy, Dolores Dey and Bob Thibault
Story and photos by Pat Krause
Story and photos by Pat Krause

Modernism Week was another smashing success. The week started with a preview and sale party at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Friday. Events are planned every day from Feb 13th through the 23rd. People come from all over the United States for this event. People interested in modern and contemporary design find this a complete event for all facets of the eras.

Double Decker busses to give tours daily for some of the best architectural designs in Palm Springs. There are also walking tours of the local shops, hotels and galleries. These included a new place or venue each day. There were lectures, special appearances and autograph sessions. Hugh M. Kaptur AIA was honored with a Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars on Friday, Feb. 14th.

Evening parties started with opening night at Caliente Tropics Hotel in Palm Springs called, Modern Mambo, where guests converged after the Friday Show and Sale event. Other parties were held each night at various locations like The Purple Room and Hard-Rock Hotel. There was even a pool party at the Saguaro Hotel. Something different for each person attending every day. Events started early each day at 9 and lasted until the wee hour of the night

Entertainment was provided at each party every night. The Gand Band with Tony Grandberry, Rockin the Gatsby, DJ Alf Alph, Marty Lush and his Latin Livers, The Blue Hawaiians and Steve Di Tullio and his Rat Pack Pals to name just a few of the entertainers who was a big part of Modernism Week.