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A Visit To Tamarisk West

Explore a visionary midcentury modern architectural oasis by S Charles Lee never before opened to the public. $75 (2 hrs)

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Explore a visionary midcentury modern architectural oasis never before opened to the public! Guests will tour seven remarkable homes in Tamarisk West, comprised of two adjacent residential communities designed by noted architect S. Charles Lee. Several homes include impressive arrays of vintage midcentury art and furniture by Milo Baughman, Arthur Elrod, Paul McCobb, and many others. Lee’s personal residence will be included in the tour. 

You will tour dream homes spanning 1,960 to 3,600 square feet in Tamarisk West (22 homes built in 1964) and Tamarisk West Two (12 homes built in 1969) with their accompanying lush landscaped grounds and pools. One home will be appointed with iconic furniture, lighting and accessories by important midcentury modern designers including George Nakashima and Paul Evans courtesy of leading east coast auction house Rago. 

Lee is considered America’s preeminent movie theatre designer of the early 20th century. His Art Deco and Moderne-style period theatres number more than 400 including 250 in the Los Angeles area such as the Bruin Theatre in Westwood and Tower Theatre in Los Angeles. His famous buildings include the El Mirador Apartment Building in West Hollywood (1929) and Max Factor Building in Hollywood (1935). Lee received numerous awards throughout his life.

Each tour will offer a cocktail reception and lecture on Lee by John LoCascio following the tour. Mr. LoCascio is the principal architect of Historic Resources Group, a leading historic preservation consulting firm. 

Six Tour Times:

09:00 a.m. - reception starts at 10:30 a.m.

10:00 a.m. - reception starts at 11:30 a.m. 

11:00 a.m. - reception starts at 12:30 p.m.

01:30 p.m. - reception starts at 03:00 p.m.

02:30 p.m. - reception starts at 04:00 p.m.

03:30 p.m. - reception starts at 05:00 p.m.


Things to Know

Hosted parking at Tamarisk Country Club.
Please stay for the cocktail reception and lecture following each tour.
This event is for Ages 12 and older.
Please arrive at the check-in time on your ticket.
Check-In ends 30 minutes ofter time printed on ticket.
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 in homes are not available.
The S. Charles Lee presentation starts promptly 90 minutes after the start of each home tour's starting time.
The organizer of this event is Tamarisk Owners Association.


Event Check-in Location

Tamarisk Owners Association, 70-240 Frank Sinatra Dr, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

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Photo Credits: Dave Folks


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