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It Started Here! Twin Palms Neighborhood Tour

Tour the birthplace of the Desert Modernist movement—Twin Palms—the Alexander’s first modernist tract to be built in Palm Springs. $80 (2 hrs)


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Considered by many to be the birthplace of midcentury Palm Springs style, Twin Palms was the first modernist tract to be built in the city. The neighborhood was developed by the Alexander Construction Company between 1957 and the mid 1960s, with architect William Krisel’s goal to create practical and stylish residences that had the look and feel of custom homes. Many of Krisel’s design details would go on to define the midcentury desert aesthetic: butterfly roofs, sun flaps, shadow block walls and interior atriums.  

Comprised of only a few blocks, Twin Palms is a visual candy store for design lovers. Homes have been meticulously restored with original exteriors, open floor plans and period landscaping, including the twin palm trees planted in every front yard. Guests can time travel from a minimalist late-50s post-and-beam abode to a sumptuous mid-60s Hollywood Regency style home, and straight out of “Mad Men” a home with sunken living room and floating fireplace. 

All 7 homes on this tour are new public viewings, never before seen. Unique to the tour is a museum quality exhibit featuring the life and works of William Krisel with scale models of original homes and the history of Twin Palms.

Proceeds from this tour will be used to promote the activities of the Twin Palms Neighborhood Organization, and our Community Grant Program, as well as the operation of the organization.

$80

Things to Know

Check-in opens 30 minutes before tour time.
This event is for ages 12 and older.
There is ample street parking.
Photography is at the discretion of the homeowner.
Private homes are not wheelchair accessible.
There are some interior and exterior steps.
Please no pets, food or smoking allowed in homes.
Bathrooms in homes are not accessible.
The organizer of this event is Twin Palms Neighborhood Organization

Event Check-in Location

984 E La Jolla Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92264

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Photo Credits: Clark Dugger

 

 

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