Of the architects who made Palm Springs a crucible of midcentury American modernism, William F. Cody (1916-1978) was one of the most prolific, diverse, and iconic. Directing a practice ranging from residences to commercial centers and industrial complexes to master plans, Cody's designs are so recognizable that they provide visual shorthand for what is widely hailed as "Desert Modern."
Cody's projects defined the emerging West Coast lifestyle that combined luxury, leisure, and experimental design. Cody also pushed the boundaries of engineering, with beams and roof slabs so thin that his buildings seemed to defy gravity.
Presented by the book’s authors and moderated by historian Steven Keylon, this presentation will chronicle the inspiration for the book which evolved from a modest effort to find a home for architect Cody’s archives at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Research of the archives revealed that Cody’s commissions extended well beyond Palm Springs, most notably into the Caribbean, and that he was a very gifted artist as well. His daughter will share memories of her father and growing up in Palm Springs
Master of the Midcentury is the first monograph devoted to Cody. Participating will be his daughter, Cathy Cody, design historian Jo Lauria, and architectural historian Don Choi, and moderated by historian Steven Keylon. Replete with photographs of extant and now-lost structures, as well as masterful color renderings and drawings for architectural commissions and plans for vanguard building systems, Master of the Midcentury is the authoritative resource on Cody. A book signing opportunity will follow the presentation.
Palm Springs Preservation Foundation provided a major grant to help make this book possible. pspreservationfoundation.org
This event qualifies for 1.0 AIA/CES Learning Units (LU).
Things to Know
This event is for all ages.
Local covid restrictions in effect at the time of the presentation will be respected.
Ample free public parking is available in the multi-level public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.
Event Check-in Location
Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 N. Museum Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262
Photo Credits: Monacelli Press, David A Lee, Roger C Palmer, Courtesy Racquet Club Cottages West, Courtesy Palm Springs Historical Society
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