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Disney's Midcentury Modern at Smoke Tree Ranch

Walt Disney had a major influence on what was considered 'modern' during the 1950s and 1960s, incorporating modern architecture, new technologies and innovative transportation methods at Disneyland. $125 (2.5 hrs)

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Walt Disney had a major influence on the popular culture of what, at the time, was considered 'modern'. Along with advocating for modern architecture and industrial design during the 1950s and 60s, he also celebrated new technologies and innovative methods of transportation. 

Guest presenter Alan Hess will explore how the influences, architecture and experiences of midcentury modern America inspired Walt Disney’s design for Disneyland, creating some of the most memorable and loved theme park designs, images and experiences America has ever known. 

This experience will take place in Walt Disney Hall at the legendary Smoke Tree Ranch. A rare chance to personally experience the beauty and solitude of this very private enclave. Walt was a 'colonist', the moniker used by Smoke Tree residents.  As a gift to his fellow colonists, Walt funded the Walt Disney Hall, which sits adjacent to the beautiful pool and the Ranch House, the very center of Smoke Tree Ranch life. 

Guests will arrive to a beautiful pool setting and enjoy a full bar and delicious hors-d'oeuvres created by the Ranch chefs. As twilight falls, guests will be ushered into Disney Hall for the presentation.

Alan Hess is an architect, an architecture critic since 1986 for the San Jose Mercury News, a sought after lecturer and the author and/or co-author of twenty books exploring overlooked chapters in 20th century architecture. He is responsible for qualifying and listing several landmark buildings in Southern California and Arizona for the National Register of Historic Places.



Things to Know

This event is for ages 21 and older.
IMPORTANT NOTICE As Smoke Tree Ranch is a private gated community, kindly DO NOT ARRIVE AT THE GATE BEFORE 5 P.M.
Self Parking is adjacent to Disney Hall and the Ranch House.
Handicap parking available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
Check-in will be at the Smoke Tree Ranch guard gate.
At check-in, guard will provide driving directions to the pool and Ranch House.
No smoking is allowed inside Disney Hall.
Hosted open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres. 
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.


Event Check-in Location

Disney Hall at Smoke Tree Ranch, 1850 Smoke Tree Lane, Palm Springs, CA 92264

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Photo Credits: TWA Rocket to the Moon attraction poster, courtesy Walt Disney Imagineering Collection, © Disney, Conceptual artwork for Space Port, ca. 1954; courtesy Walt Disney Imagineering Collection, © Disney, Conceptual artwork for Disneyland's Tomorrowland; courtesy Walt Disney Imagineering Collection, © Disney


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