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70 years of Modern Living: Architecture of Tahquitz River Estates

Tahquitz River Estates features Paul Trousdale known for his work in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills' Trousdale Estates, home to Elvis, Tony Curtis and Frank Sinatra. $65 (2 hrs)

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Celebrate 70 years of modern architecture in one neighborhood on this self-guided tour. In 1948 Tahquitz River Estates was the most ambitious modernist housing project of the era in Palm Springs. Renowned developer Paul Trousdale was known for his work in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills' Trousdale Estates, home to Elvis, Tony Curtis and Frank Sinatra (and later Jennifer Anniston, Elton John and Ellen DeGeneres). On the banks of Tahquitz Creek, he subdivided 213 parcels distinguished by early modernist architecture by Allen Siple and Stephen Stepanian with walls of glass, spacious breezeways, expansive covered patios and large lots (aka mini-estates). These were vacation spots for Hollywood players of the time. Eight floor plans were offered. This tour will show properties with original footprints true to the midcentury vibe and homes remodeled in keeping with the original design. The tour ends with a gorgeous Wexler-inspired 2018 home capping 70 proud years of desert modernism in the neighborhood. Enjoy midcentury ambiance on this self-guided tour with surprises and photo ops along the way including vintage automobiles and treats from neighborhood businesses. Additional properties are noted in the souvenir guidebook and include a series of brand new homes built from original plans by Joe Eichler, an Albert Frey church where you will check-in, and notable midcentury boutique hotels. Tour proceeds fund benefit the neighborhood organization.



Things to Know

Ages 12 and older.
All Check-In closes at 11:30 a.m.
Ample street parking.
Some dwellings have exterior or interior steps.
Photography at the discretion of the homeowner.
Private homes are not wheelchair accessible.
Please no pets, food or smoking allowed in homes.
Restrooms are available at tour check-in only (restrooms in homes are not available).
Please arrive at the time on your ticket.
The organizer of this event is Tahquitz River Estates Neighborhood Organization (TRENO).


Event Check-in Location

First Church of Christ, Scientist 605 S Riverside Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264

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Photo Credits: Mike Arnone 

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