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Sacred Spaces: Architecture SELF-GUIDED Tour of Midcentury Modern Sacred Places

SELF-GUIDED tour of inspiring architectural works from midcentury masters Albert Frey, William Cody, Hal Whittemore, Lawrence Lapham, Laszlo Sandor & others. $30 (1 hr)

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On this SELF-GUIDED tour, come explore unique architectural works from Palm Springs’ midcentury masters, including Albert Frey, William Cody, Hal Whittemore, Lawrence Lapham, Michael Black and Laszlo Sandor. Hidden in plain sight, the holy houses (churches) of Palm Springs designed in the 50s, 60s, and 70s illustrate how architects translated the variety of diverse and growing congregations into sometimes subtle and sometimes dramatic sacred places. Last year’s 6-site “Sacred Places” tour was featured in Wallpaper*Space International Design on-line magazines, and has been redesigned to include even more sites for 2019. This ticket is for the SELF-GUIDED tour for those who wish to drive or bike themselves between locations. At check-in, guests will receive a map and brochure of sites. In addition to the church exteriors, at least 4 of the sites will be welcoming tour-goers inside to explore their specific history and architecture in more detail. From the sweeping curves and corners of Cody-designed St. Theresa Catholic Church to the geometric patterns of concrete block and stained glass at the Palm Springs First Baptist Church, you will see how architects helped inspire the sacred spaces where the likes of Eisenhower, Sinatra, and even Elvis Presley worshiped. Tickets for this SELF-GUIDED tour are $30. Note that there are also a very limited number of BUS TOUR tickets for this event - listed as a separate event on-line - for $70. Tickets for the tours may be available the morning of the event at the check in location based on availability.


Things to Know

This event is for ages 18 and older.
NOTE There is a ONE HOUR window to check-in to pick up map and brochure for the SELF-GUIDED tour from 9:30am to 10:30am. If you are not checked in by 10:30am you may not receive a map and brochure, and you may not have time to experience all the sites on the tour.
There are no refunds.
Although primarily a tour of exteriors, there will be at least 4 sites on the tour which will invite guests to explore their amazing interiors. Interior tours will close at noon, so prioritize your SELF-GUIDED stops accordingly.
Parking for SELF-GUIDED map and brochure pick up is available at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Ample street parking is also available in the neighborhood.
Some dwellings have exterior or interior steps.

The organizer of this event is Sacred Spaces.


Event Check-in Location

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 204 S. Calle El Segundo, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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Photo Credits: Michael Kunkle


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