A rocky landscape and muralized house make this Modernism Week garden stand out

  Zio Ziegler accepted the commission to create a mural at the entrance of Tod Mostero’s Palm Springs house and flew from San Francisco to execute the work. After creating the colorful and mysterious panel, he asked Mostero’s permission to continue. The result was another dozen or so brush drawings on the cream-colored walls. Even … More A rocky landscape and muralized house make this Modernism Week garden stand out

Heightened authenticity and an intriguing legend mark Modernism Week’s uplifting Guggenheim House

  Within the Indian Canyons neighborhood, the Guggenheim House doesn’t stand out so much. It’s a low-slung accumulation of pylons and roofline with a strategic wall of uniquely patterned breezeblock, and everything is slathered with a luminous coat of white paint. Our little group of volunteers was made up of Robert, the captain; Tom, from … More Heightened authenticity and an intriguing legend mark Modernism Week’s uplifting Guggenheim House

From abject neglect, the Gillman Residence is restored and reimagined to 4,700 square feet of modernity

The sprawling Gillman Residence at 574 W. Mariscal Road is the Modernism Week Showcase Home of 2020. This house represents a salvage project, and just six months ago it was little more than a carcass. After a sensitive renovation by DeeAnn McCoy and Jackie Thomas of Thomboy Properties, it’s brightening up a great location in … More From abject neglect, the Gillman Residence is restored and reimagined to 4,700 square feet of modernity

A ‘Rescued Alexander’ proves enlivening on my first Modernism Week docent stint

Rescuing an Alexander means adding clerestory windows, getting rid of dark wood and tile, and tearing out someone else’s addition in order to restore the original floor plan. This is just the start of my discoveries after the first episode as docent in 2020 Modernism Week. Along with Kanela Barton, Linda Borque, Steven Cosmos, and … More A ‘Rescued Alexander’ proves enlivening on my first Modernism Week docent stint

Garden tour takes us from ocotillo thickets to poolside traipses in 2020 Modernism Week preview

Five locations comprised¬†Modernism Week¬†volunteers’ garden-tour preview on Wednesday, and nary a weed was seen. We garden docents are scheduled for duty Feb. 19; specific assignments are soon to come. Some 30 of us dashed about Palm Springs seeing fancy plantings and splashy tilework. Tour guests who have purchased the $75 ticket will get a sixth … More Garden tour takes us from ocotillo thickets to poolside traipses in 2020 Modernism Week preview

Oscar night confessions of a Palm Springs filmfest volunteer

The question came to me when I’d changed to the music channel after the Oscars. Indeed, where is Smash Mouth when you need them? At the time, I was thinking how it pains me to look at the fake people appearing at post-parties. Yes, smashing mouths seemed a good idea as big-mouthed people with smashing … More Oscar night confessions of a Palm Springs filmfest volunteer