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The Architecture of Hugh Michael Kaptur

Palm Springs Preservation Foundation board member Steven Keylon, an architectural historian and author, will explore the life and many-faceted career of architect Hugh M. Kaptur. Free (1 hr)
Category: @Palm Springs, Free, Presentation, Talk

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Palm Springs Preservation Foundation board member Steven Keylon, an architectural historian and author of the book The Modern Architecture of Hugh Michael Kaptur, will present an informative and entertaining overview of Kaptur’s life and many-faceted career.  After working as a designer at General Motors in Detroit, Kaptur arrived in Palm Springs in 1956, as the first wave of modernist design was taking off.  He worked first with architect Donald Wexler before launching his own career.  Steven’s lecture will touch on major themes in Kaptur's work, from early post-and-beam Desert Modern; his bold organic sculptural architecture; his exploration of Brutalism, and designs utilizing strong geometric forms.  We're happy to present this free lecture at a new venue: the Palm Springs Cultural Center. 

The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to educate and promote public awareness of the importance of preserving the historical resources and architecture of the city of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley area.”  PSPF offers free membership as a public benefit. 

To learn more about the work of the foundation see

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Things to Know

No children or pets and no smoking please.
This is a popular event so if your plans change and you need to cancel please notify us at so that we may make the space available to someone else.
Free parking available.
Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
This event is for ages 18 and older.
The organizer of this event is Palm Springs Preservation Foundation.


Event Check-in Location

Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly the Camelot Theaters), 2300 East Baristo Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262 (Theatre #3)

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Photo Credits: John Lewis Marshall, Gary Smith, Hugh Kaptur


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