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The Glamour of Late Moderne: The Herbert Burns Tour

The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation will host a tour of three residences by talented midcentury architectural designer Herbert W. Burns. $65 (2 hrs)

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For the first time during Modernism Week, tour the interiors of three of the remaining residential examples of architectural designer Herbert Burns’ work. Burns’ stylishly simple, clean-lined architecture, is imbued with a feeling of glamour and his masterful use of the Late Moderne vocabulary has produced high quality, human-scaled structures appropriate to their desert surroundings (including such notable properties as the Orbit In, The Hideaway, and Holiday House). See how various owners have renovated their homes, either through faithfulness to the original design or with 21st-century updating that interprets Burns’ intent. Ticket price includes a copy of PSPF’s 84-page softcover book, The Design of Herbert W. Burns, authored by PSPF board member Steven Keylon. The book (released in March of 2018) chronicles Burns’ fascinating life and multiple talents from his early years as a lighting designer/fabricator, to stockbroker, to contractor, and finally to architectural designer, and represents the most comprehensive and scholarly overview of his career to date. A collectible tour map is also included.

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.


Things to Know

This event is for ages 18 and older.
This is a driving tour.
Shoe covers may be required in some homes.
A tour map will be provided at check-in.
No pets and no smoking please.
Interior photography is at the discretion of individual homeowners.
Restrooms are not available for use in the tour homes.
Please be respectful of the neighborhoods and do not park in front of mail boxes or driveways.
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: Steven Keylon, Palm Springs Preservation Foundation, Brady Sandahl Real Estate Group


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