Breaking isolation to go to the store was reassuring except for the missed joke

Soon the exciting moment came, and I was next to go in. I’d better be ready and not have left my shopping bags in the car or means of payment at home. I looked at my list one more time, as if I might be denied it and need to work from memory. Then the concierge gave a shopping cart a couple of blasts from her bottle and drew it back for me to take. … More Breaking isolation to go to the store was reassuring except for the missed joke

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

ModWeek orientations have begun, so how well do I like the uniform T-shirt?

Orientation was today for the 15th-annual Modernism Week, and we volunteers got our uniform T-shirts as well as a review of the basics. At first I was underwhelmed by the shirt but soon started to like it. Last year’s was zoomier, but this one has a punchy quality.  ModWeek executive director Lisa Vossler Smith said … More ModWeek orientations have begun, so how well do I like the uniform T-shirt?

Julia Shaw Carnell, real estate developer, introduced architectural talent to Palm Springs

Carnell was from Dayton’s Patterson family that developed National Cash Register into a progressive and influential industrial powerhouse. In 1925, three years after John Patterson’s death, NCR went public on the New York Stock Exchange in the largest offering ever to date: $55 million. … More Julia Shaw Carnell, real estate developer, introduced architectural talent to Palm Springs