This enlightening walking tour of six residences examines the important role of Tahquitz River Estates in shaping the midcentury modern legacy of Palm Springs. In 1947, a famous developer from Los Angeles, Paul W. Trousdale, constructed homes on both sides of the Tahquitz Wash and called the development Tahquitz River Estates; it would be the very first tract of modern homes built in Palm Springs. Many of the houses explore ideas he would later employ at Trousdale Estates, his iconic Beverly Hills development for Hollywood Stars and elite Angelenos. Tahquitz River Estates is especially important to Palm Springs history in that it was developed in partnership with Pearl McCallum McManus, one of the City’s most important pioneers. Architects Allen G. Siple and Stephen A. Stepanian designed most of the tract’s homes – incorporating features such as lanais and walls of glass that are still examples of the desert good life today. In addition to Siple and Stepanian, builder Sam Pascal was responsible for a virtually pristine untouched example from 1956.
The Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS ModCom) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of Desert Modern architecture and design.
Things to Know
There are six (6) homes on this tour.
This event is for all ages.
Street Parking is available.
This event is organized by Palm Springs Modern Committee.
Event Check-in Location
First Church of Christ, Scientist, 605 S Riverside Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Photo Credits: Eric Lassiter, Resident
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