Modern and Famous Houses in Palm Springs Self Guided Tour (Self Guided), Palm Springs

Palm Springs is an extremely beautiful city, hosting the numerous examples of stylish modern-style buildings. Most of them were built between 1940 and 1960. Take this tour to explore some of the most famous examples of architectural styles in Palm Springs.
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Modern and Famous Houses in Palm Springs Self Guided Tour Map

Guide Name: Modern and Famous Houses in Palm Springs Self Guided Tour
Guide Location: USA » Palm Springs (See other walking tours in Palm Springs)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.0 km
Author: Dee
Kaufmann Desert House

1) Kaufmann Desert House

The Kaufmann House, or Kaufmann Desert House, was designed by architect Richard Neutra in 1946. It was one of the last domestic projects conducted by Neutra, but it is also arguably one of his most famous homes. It is "one of the most important examples of International Style architecture in the United States and the only one still in private hands", and was recently up for sale. This five-bedroom, five-bathroom vacation house in Palm Springs, was designed to emphasize connection to the desert landscape while offering shelter from harsh climatic conditions. Large sliding glass walls open the living spaces and master bedroom to adjacent patios. Major outdoor rooms are enclosed by a row of movable vertical fins that offer flexible protection against sandstorms and intense heat. In October 2008, the house was listed for sale at US$12.95 million.

The restoration by Marmol Radziner + Associates was critically lauded. Today, many critics place the Kaufmann House amongst the most important houses of the 20th century in the United States, with the likes of Fallingwater, Robie House, Gropius House and the Gamble House.

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Marilyn Monroe House

2) Marilyn Monroe House

The Marilyn Monroe House is designed in classic bungalow style. The famous star lived in this house for several months before she died. The house is decorated with plentiful flowers, palms and other beautiful plants that keep the image of the garden close to what it was before. The Marilyn Monroe House is one of the most illustrious structures in the Las Palmas area.
Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway

3) Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway

The Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway is the house where Elvis and Priscilla Presley lived starting 1966. The house was built in 1960 by architect Robert Alexander. It was designed exclusively for his wife, and is located close to San Jacinto Mountains, offering a wonderful view of the Coachella Valley and Santa Rosa Mountains. The house can accommodate approximately 180 people. There is also a private garden, a large pool, and a tennis court. The Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway is another exemplar of modernism style.
Ann Miller's House

4) Ann Miller's House

The Ann Miller's House is a beautiful and originally designed house that exemplifies the star’s personality. The house is enriched with a Spanish ceramic roof, a swimming pool, and the yard decorated with the green lawn. The extravagant image of the house created the sensation of a home as a place where you can accomplish your every dream.
Liberace House

5) Liberace House

The Liberace House was used as a hotel in the 1960s. Though it seems to be a small house, it occupies a large piece of land. In 1967, famous American pianist Wladziu Valentino Liberace began to live here. At that time there appeared the Valentino Room and the Persian Room. There is also a wonderful pool outside and the home is enriched by the garden. There are many bedrooms in the house and some of them keep antiques that have a high value. It is said that the famous Liberace died in this house in 1987.
Palm Springs Convention Center

6) Palm Springs Convention Center (must see)

Site of the fabulous Palm Springs Film Festival Gala, as well as of many conference events and exhibits, the Palm Springs Convention Center is a 245,000 sq ft (22,800 m2) convention center located in the downtown area. Architect William Pereira designed the original building in 1974. In 2005, the Convention Center completed a massive expansion, adding over 100,000 sq ft (9,300 m2). It can accommodate groups from 12 to 12,000 people. The new design, by Fentress Architects, pulls colors and design elements from the surrounding desert. Additional meeting space is available at the attached 410 room convention hotel.

Why You Should Visit:
While you may not want to go spend your time in a convention center, if you have a reason to, this one is definitely a great facility – check the events schedule online!
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The Frey House II

7) The Frey House II

If you know what "desert modernism" means, then you surely have heard about the Frey House II, which is located on West Palisades Drive, and fully represents this architectural style. The construction was completed in 1963. It is owned now by the Palm Springs Art Museum. Here you will find the mammoth rock, metal ceilings, glass walls and wonderful curtains completing the image of one of the most appreciated architectural styles, such as modernism.
The Del Marcos Hotel

8) The Del Marcos Hotel

The Del Marcos Hotel was designed in 1947 by the famous architect William F. Cody. It is located against the San Jacinto Mountains. Visitors will easily notice the modernism style in the exterior of the building as well as in the interior design of the rooms. Those who are excited by this architectural style have the chance to stay there and admire the structure at night as well.
Coachella Valley Savings No. 2

9) Coachella Valley Savings No. 2 (must see)

Coachella Valley Savings No. 2 (also known as Washington Mutual, and Chase Bank) is a historic building located in Palm Springs, California. The building is a fine example of the short span of time that master architect E. Stewart Williams used the International Style of architecture for commercial buildings in the early 1960s. It features a flat roof, deep overhangs, steel-frame construction, and a lack of applied ornamentation. The most prominent feature of the structure are the inverted arches of reinforced concrete that rise to form columns that hold up the roof. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.

Walking Tours in Palm Springs, California

Create Your Own Walk in Palm Springs

Create Your Own Walk in Palm Springs

Creating your own self-guided walk in Palm Springs is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Palm Springs is a wonderful city surrounded by desert and mountains, and it is interesting how in such a geographic location a beautiful, tourist-attracting city was born. Take this tour to see and visit some of the most engaging sights in Palm Springs.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Gay Friendly Tour in Palm Springs

Gay Friendly Tour in Palm Springs

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Palm Canyon Drive Shopping Tour in Palm Springs

Palm Canyon Drive Shopping Tour in Palm Springs

Palm Canyon Drive is the most famous promenade in the historic center of Palm Springs. Magnificently filled with imposing palm trees that are constantly illuminated, Palm Canyon Drive offers numerous stores, cafes, art galleries, clubs and boutiques! Take this tour guide to go shopping in the most famous area of Palm Springs.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.6 km