Dreaming of the Desert

The 1963 Tramway station by Clark, Frey and Chambers.
(Courtesy of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway)

As I sit here looking out the window on this dreary, icy day in Washington, my mind wanders to Palm Springs. Unfortunately, plans my wife and I had to go to the mid-century modern mecca for the upcoming Modernism Week (Feb. 13-21) have been sidelined. For those going, have fun. For those who are not heading west, take a “virtual tour” here with a reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, who regularly escapes the Minnesota winters by jetting off to Palm Springs. The tour guide mentioned in the piece, Robert Imber, also has a nice article here to help you embrace your inner modernist as you think about the desert, cool MCM architecture and try to stay warm.

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January 28th, 2009

Mid-Century Mike



3 to “Dreaming of the Desert”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Funny, this weather has been making me think of Palm Springs as well. If only I could retire, there are some real MCM deals there now!

  2. Anonymous says:

    My wife and I took Robert Imber’s tour 2 years ago; it was well worth it. Very friendly and knowledgeable, and as we were his only clients for the day, we got a long, personalized tour. Next time we go we hope to touch base with him again and stay at the Orbit Inn as we daydream about owning a winter getaway.

  3. Patricia Gray says:

    I was in Palm Springs one week after this exhibit. I only found out about it when I arrived there and was so disappointed to have missed it. But I did get to do a driving tour of screen block houses which I will be doing a post on in the next few days. I found your blog while searching for information on screen block.
    Glad I found you.
    Kind Regards

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