In honor of Arthur Elrod’s Star Dedication on the Walk of Stars at the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center this afternoon, we trace his remarkable journey from a small farm in South Carolina to Palm Springs, where he reigned as the desert’s leading designer until his death in a tragic accident. Elrod brought a fresh design approach to the desert and was a fearless innovator with color and technology, which endeared him to the architects he worked with, a stellar group that included William F. Cody, E. Stewart Williams, Wexler & Harrison and, most famously, John Lautner. Elrod’s career was triumph of style and substance, but very little is known about him beyond the Elrod House.
Learn why Arthur Elrod became the most successful interior designer in the Palm Springs area between 1954 and 1974, a period that paralleled the rise of Desert Modernism. Book signing in the Annenberg Theater Foyer with author Adele Cygelman to follow.
Things to Know
This event is for all ages.
The entrance to the Annenberg Theater is located behind the Annenberg Theater Box Office adjacent to the Palm Springs Art Museum's North Parking Lot.
Ample free public parking is available in the multi-level public garage across from Palm Springs Art Museum.
Handicap parking available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.
Event Check-in Location
Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 N. Museum Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262
Photo Credits: Arthur Elrod, ca. 1954, at age 30. Hartsook, San Francisco. Living room, Edelstone condo, Palm Springs. Fritz Taggart. Guest bedroom, Steinberg residence, Palm Springs. Fritz Taggart. Hadley and Marion Stuart residence, Coeur d’Alene. Ernest Silva. Harold C. Broderick/Arthur Elrod Associates, Inc. Collection, Palm Springs Art Museum, 15-2007, Tennis Club condo model unit, Palm Springs. William F. Cody architecture. George R. Szanik/George Szanik papers (Collection 1799), Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA. Living room, Sutter residence, Palm Springs, architecture by E. Stewart Williams. Julius Shulman © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10).
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