Walt Disney had a major influence on the popular culture of what, at the time, was considered 'modern'. Along with advocating for modern architecture, planning, 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.
Parking is adjacent to Disney Hall and the Ranch House
DO NOT ARRIVE AT THE GATE BEFORE 4:45PM. Guests names will be listed with the guard at the Smoke Tree Ranch main gate. Guard will provide directions to the Ranch House.
Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Smoke Tree Ranch to benefit Palm Springs Historical Society.
Event Check-in Location
Event location printed on ticket.
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