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Walker Guest House Replica Tour

A full-scale replica of architect Paul Rudolph's 1952 Walker Guest House has been relocated and reconstructed by Palm Springs Modern Committee, and is on loan from Sarasota Architectural Foundation. $10 (15 min)
Category: -Tickets Still Available, @Palm Springs, Exhibition, Self-guided, Tour (Exterior), Tour (Interior), Palm Springs Modern Committee

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A stunning full-scale, furnished replica of architect Paul Rudolph’s iconic 1952 Walker Guest House now has a new home in downtown Palm Springs. The house has been relocated and re- constructed by the Palm Springs Modern Committee and is on loan from the Sarasota Architectural Foundation in Florida. This is the first time the house will be shown on the west coast and only its second public outing.

The Replica of a 1952 beach cottage, by renowned architect Paul Rudolph, is a shining example of the Sarasota School of Architecture movement (1941-1966). The guest house was originally designed by Rudolph for Dr. Walker and specifically for the subtropical climate of Sanibel Island, Florida. It is still used today by the family.

Rudolph said:
"With all the panels lowered the house is a snug cottage, but when the panels are raised it becomes a large screened pavilion. If you desire to retire from the world you have a cave, but when you feel good there is the joy of a large screened pavilion."

The house, complete with original 1952 furnishings, offers a unique opportunity to enjoy a tour of this amazing beach house.

All proceeds from this tour benefit The Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS ModCom) a non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of Desert Modern architecture and design. This is accomplished through education, advocacy for threatened buildings, promotion of heritage tourism, and the celebration of successes in preservation and adaptive reuse.


Things to Know

This event is for all ages.
This venue is wheelchair accessible. Some dwellings have exterior or interior steps.
This event is organized by Palm Springs Modern Committee.

Event Check-in Location

The Pit west of The Rowan Hotel: 100 W Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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Photo Credits: Anton Grassi, Ezra Stoller, Jenny Acheson.

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