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The Architecture of Hugh M. Kaptur

Palm Springs Preservation Foundation board member Steven Keylon, an architectural historian and author, will explore the life and many-faceted career of architect Hugh M. Kaptur. Free (1 hr)

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PSPF board member Steven Keylon, an architectural historian and author, will explore the life and many-faceted career of Palm Springs architect Hugh M. Kaptur, the last remaining architect of the legendary school of Palm Springs Modern architects. After working as a designer at General Motors in Detroit, Kaptur arrived in Palm Springs in 1956, as the first wave of modernist design was taking off. He worked first with architect Donald Wexler before launching his own career. The lecture will touch on major themes in Kaptur's work, from early post-and-beam Desert Modern; his bold organic sculptural architecture; his exploration of Brutalism, and designs utilizing strong geometric forms, and will draw heavily from Keylon’s research for a new PSPF book on Kaptur due out in February of 2019. Keylon is the past president of the California Garden and Landscape History Society, and is the editor of their journal, Eden; a member of the Stewardship Council of The Cultural Landscape Foundation; and a board member of Docomomo US/SoCal. 

The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to educate and promote public awareness of the importance of preserving the historical resources and architecture of the city of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley area.” PSPF offers free membership as a public benefit.

Free ticketed event

Things to Know

This event is for ages 18 and older.
No pets and no smoking please.
This event includes complimentary light refreshments.
Please be respectful of the neighborhood and do not park in front of mail boxes or driveways.
This is a popular event so if your plans change and you need to cancel please notify us at so that we may make the space available to someone else.
Handicap parking available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Palm Springs Preservation Foundation.


Event Check-in Location

Palm Springs Woman’s Club, 314 South Cahuilla Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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Photo Credits: Hugh Kaptur, Gary Smith, Mood Creative


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