Twin Palms Guided Walking Tour: An Insider’s Perspective of the Desert’s First Modernist Neighborhood
Twin Palms was the desert’s first completed Modernist neighborhood and it established concepts, designs, and methods emulated throughout Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. The neighborhood is best known for its innovative and insightful Krisel-designed and Alexander-built residences from the 1950s, but less well-known are its significant midcentury works from architects Hugh Kaptur, Donald Wexler, and Hal Levitt, as well as notable contributions of more-recent vintage.
Beyond architecture, many prominent writers and entertainers have called Twin Palms home, and the neighborhood currently hosts two pieces in the City’s public art collection. It’s no wonder the neighborhood’s influential architecture, rich cultural history, and enduring appeal have made it a subject of several coffee-table books, innumerable articles in travel and lifestyle publications worldwide, and a frequent location for television commercials, print advertising, and music videos.
This is the first time this tour is being offered during Modernism Week Fall Preview. Your guide will be Eric Chiel, a 12-year Twin Palms resident who is the founding past-Chairperson of the Twin Palms Neighborhood Organization. Eric has a special interest in the stories of Palm Springs neighborhoods and is the co-creator, creative director, and author of the popular magazine, The ONE-PS Guide to Palm Springs Neighborhoods published by Palm Springs Life. His tour narrative includes unique sites and insights that will allow you to be among the first to appreciate Twin Palms from “an insider’s perspective.”
A portion of tour proceeds is donated to the Twin Palms Neighborhood Organization to help preserve, beautify, and encourage appreciation of this unique destination.
Things to Know
This is a two-hour walking tour that covers approximately two miles on flat, paved streets and sidewalks.
Wear comfortable walking shoes and please check the weather forecast for your tour date and outfit yourself accordingly.
This event is wheelchair accessible, but please consider the distance that will be covered.
There are no public restrooms or refreshments on the route, but complimentary bottled water will be available at registration.
Please note we will not enter homes or any other structures.
This is an exteriors-only tour of the abundant and rich architectural, historical, and cultural sites found in this one-of-a-kind neighborhood.
We look forward to meeting you!
This event is organized by Eric Chiel.
Event Check-in Location
1201 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264 (corner of William Krisel Way)
Photo Credits: Ketchum Photography, Eric Chiel, Clark Dugger Photography, Eric Chiel, Henry Connell, Henry Connell / Eric Chiel
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