Palm Springs Modern Committee Annual Fall Home Tour to benefit Palm Springs Modern Heritage Fund with visits to eight exceptional mid-century modern and contemporary home

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Tour beneficiary works to elect and support public officeholders who are committed to and work towards civic betterment through the preservation of our Historic Modern Heritage.

1958 Alexander 'Swiss Miss' by Charles Dubois, Palm Springs, CA

the Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS Mod Com) has carefully selected these properties showcasing some of the best work of mid-century modern and contemporary architects and celebrating sensitive restoration and preservation.

On Saturday, November 3, 2012 from 10am to 6pm, eight stunning properties in the Palm Springs, CA area will be opened to participants in the Palm Springs Modern Committee’ s 2012 Annual Fall Home Tour. Held to benefit the Palm Springs Modern Heritage Fund, a 501(c)(4) political action committee, the Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS Mod Com) has carefully selected these properties, showcasing some of the best work of mid-century modern and contemporary architects and celebrating sensitive restoration and preservation.

The homes on the tour include mid-century modern classics such as a condominium in the south end of Palm Springs by architect A. Quincy Jones built in 1965. Jones, perhaps best known as the architect of the extraordinary and vast ‘Sunnylands’ estate of Walter and Leonore Annenberg in Rancho Mirage, CA. proved his talents at working on a smaller scale here in this Palm Springs residence with no less drama and attention to detail- as visitors will see.

Also featured on the self-guided itinerary is a 1958 home built by the noted Alexander Construction Company. While Alexander was famed for his small, inexpensive mid-century modern houses, they also built some larger, more luxurious homes in Palm Springs’ Vista Las Palmas neighborhood. This distinctive ‘Swiss Miss’, so called for its A-frame entrance, reminiscent of Alpine architecture, was designed by architect Charles Dubois and has been sensitively restored in a fifties futuristic yet warm feel.

Contemporary architecture is always an important part of the Palm Springs Modern Committee Annual Fall Home Tour and this year’s Tour features a home designed by Thomas Jakway. Dramatically sited in the beautiful Mesa neighborhood of Palm Springs, this 5-year old home incorporates one of the earliest homes in the city, never completed at the time, in a manner which is both effortless and effective. The panoramic view this mountainside location affords is also not to be missed.

Tour visitors will also have the opportunity to visit the winner of the 2012 Architectural Restoration Award from Palm Springs Modern Committee, The Fontenell. A seven-unit apartment hotel built in 1958 on an expansive 2 ½ acre triangular lot in the south end of Palm Springs, it was cosmetics tycoon Max Factor’s family desert vacation retreat for over 50 years. Found by the current owners in a state of advanced neglect, this unique property has been brought back to vivid life with suites decorated in a range of mid-century styles and perfectly restored period kitchens, now ready to host a new group of desert revelers as a special events and group private vacation rental locale.

The public is invited to join PS Mod Com in experiencing these and the other fascinating and noteworthy modern homes on the Tour. Tickets are available, for advance purchase only, at $125 each from the Palm Springs Modern Heritage Fund. Note, that as the Fund is a 501(c)(4) organization, no part of the ticket price is tax deductible. The cost includes the tour booklet and a cocktail reception. Registration is from 10am to 11:15am, location to be given upon ticket purchase. For tickets please visit For more information contact Nickie McLaughlin at (760) 835-5628.

About Palm Springs Modern Committee
The Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS ModCom) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of Desert Modern architecture and design. We accomplish this through education, advocacy for threatened buildings, promotion of heritage tourism, and the celebration of successes in preservation and adaptive reuse.
For additional information about PS ModCom, please visit: Contact: Nickie McLaughlin psmodcom(at)earthlink(dot)net (760) 835-5628

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