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9 Palm Springs Mid-Century Modern Icons

location_onPalm Springs City Hall, Palm Springs, CA
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Palm Springs City Hall

4.5 star(13 Google reviews)
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3200 E Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA

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Monday:

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Tuesday:

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Wednesday:

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Thursday:

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Friday:

Closed

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

No California city is as closely identified with mid-century modern architecture as Palm Springs. Visionaries like Richard Neutra, Albert Frey, E. Stewart Williams, and Donald Wexler designed and constructed hundreds of futuristic buildings here between 1945 and 1975, using geometric lines and sleek façades to reflect the optimism of the Atomic Age and accent the desert's brilliant skies and folded hills.

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The Palm Springs Visitors Center

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Palm Springs Visitors Center

4.4 star(713 Google reviews)
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2901 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA

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Monday:

Closed

Tuesday:

Closed

Wednesday:

Closed

Thursday:

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Friday:

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturday:

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sunday:

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The Palm Springs Visitors Center anchors the base of Tramway Road with its space-age profile and triangular roofline, adding a dash of geometric flair to the arid landscape. Built in 1965 as the Enco Tramway Gas Station, this glass-and-steel landmark is known for its soaring, wing-like roof, which architects Albert Frey and Robson Chambers called a "hyperbolic paraboloid.

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The Twin Palms Frank Sinatra Estate

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Twin Palms Resort

4.5 star(17 Google reviews)
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1930 S Camino Real
Palm Springs, CA

When Frank Sinatra made his first million dollars and moved to Palm Springs in 1947, he wanted a house that matched his dazzling celebrity. Architect E. Stewart Williams fulfilled the crooner's wish with Twin Palms, a sprawling 4,500-square-foot mansion with four bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and a piano-shaped swimming pool in the backyard.

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Sunnylands Estate

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Sunnylands Center & Gardens

4.7 star(334 Google reviews)
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37977 Bob Hope Dr
Rancho Mirage, CA

The 25,000-square-foot home built for publishing magnate and diplomat Walter Annenberg and his wife, businesswoman and philanthropist Leonore Annenberg, is the showpiece of Sunnylands' 200-acre estate that holds 11 lakes, nine acres of gardens, tennis courts, and a private golf course.

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Wexler Steel Houses

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs, California, United States

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Modernist architect Donald Wexler believed that steel was the perfect choice for desert building—it stood tough against sun, heat, and wind, and it was inexpensive. In 1961, he planned to bring affordable housing to Palm Springs by building a 40-home subdivision out of prefabricated steel and glass.

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Elvis' Honeymoon Hideaway

location_onElvis Honeymoon Hideaway, Palm Springs, CA
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Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway

4.3 star(288 Google reviews)
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1350 Ladera Cir
Palm Springs, CA

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Monday:

1:00 – 2:30 PM, 3:30 – 5:00 PM

Tuesday:

1:00 – 2:30 PM, 3:30 – 5:00 PM

Wednesday:

1:00 – 2:30 PM, 3:30 – 5:00 PM

Thursday:

1:00 – 2:30 PM, 3:30 – 5:00 PM

Friday:

1:00 – 2:30 PM, 3:30 – 5:00 PM

Saturday:

1:00 – 2:30 PM, 3:30 – 5:00 PM

Sunday:

1:00 – 2:30 PM, 3:30 – 5:00 PM

The 5,000-square-foot residence where The King and Priscilla enjoyed postnuptial bliss in 1967 is also a mid-century treasure that Look magazine called "The House of Tomorrow." The home was designed by William Krisel and Dan Palmer in 1960 as four connecting circular pods.

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Parker Palm Springs

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Parker Palm Springs

4.5 star(702 Google reviews)
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4200 E Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA

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Monday:

Open 24 hours

Tuesday:

Open 24 hours

Wednesday:

Open 24 hours

Thursday:

Open 24 hours

Friday:

Open 24 hours

Saturday:

Open 24 hours

Sunday:

Open 24 hours

Built in 1959 as California’s first Holiday Inn, the celebrity-favored Parker Palm Springs is a perfect mash-up of Palm Springs’ 1950s roots and post-modern eclecticism.

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The Palm Springs City Hall

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Palm Springs City Hall

4.2 star(14 Google reviews)
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3200 E Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA

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Monday:

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Tuesday:

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Wednesday:

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Thursday:

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Friday:

Closed

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

Under the leadership of Swiss-born master Albert Frey, some of desert-modern design's biggest names—E. Stewart Williams, Robson Chambers, and John Porter Clark—helped to create this 1952 concrete-and-steel building’s signature look, including a portico with a huge circular hole graced by a trio of towering palms.

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Kaufmann House

location_onKaufmann House, Palm Springs, CA
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Kaufmann House

5.0 star(2 Google reviews)
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555-401 N Via Monte Vista
Palm Springs, CA

Considered one of the most important American houses of the 20th century, this spectacular desert getaway was designed by architect Richard Neutra in 1946.

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Bank of America Building

location_onBank of America (with Drive-thru ATM), Palm Springs, CA
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Bank of America (with Drive-thru ATM)

3.1 star(16 Google reviews)
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588 S Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA

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Monday:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Tuesday:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Wednesday:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Thursday:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Friday:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

A popular architecture magazine of the mid-20th century called this “the most beautiful bank in America," and the building remains much as it was on its opening day in 1959. Now home to a Bank of America branch, the former City National Bank resembles a vibrant blue-and-white mushroom, or, as some say, a white cloud against a blue sky.

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