Modernism Week 2020

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We spent another sunny and warm afternoon in Palm Springs, this time exploring the architectural gems of the desert for Modernism Week 2020.

Our first stop on our extended journey is Palm Springs City Hall, located at 3200 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, just down the street from the Palm Springs International Airport.

Designed by legendary Palm Springs architect Albert Frey, city hall was constructed in 1952.

Just as I was getting ready to press the shutter, the Modernism Week tour bus pulled up full of modernism aficionados for a brief visit. I thought it made for an interesting shot.

Follow us as we explore more iconic architecture of Palm Springs over the next few weeks.

 

 

 

Binon’s Gambling Hall

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While Las Vegas’ historic extreme exterior lighting has largely been replaced by LEDs, Benny Binion’s neon and tungsten-powered signage still illuminates Binion’s Gambling Hall at 128 Fremont Street. 

Johnston and Gentithes Studios, 1998

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This beautiful pottery was created by Johnston and Gentithes Studios of Seagrove, NC. Added to our collection in 1998 while attending the Arts & Crafts Conference at the Grove Park Inn (Asheville, North Carolina), I believe this is a shino glaze, but perhaps someone can correct me if I’m wrong.

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Ray Kappe, AIA – Naples Island Remodel

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I wish I knew more about this Mid-Century Modern, set along the seaside canals of Naples Island in Long Beach, California. Built in the 1940s, the home was remodeled in 1956 by renowned Long Beach architect Ray Kappe.

I’ve always paused and admired it since I was a kid growing up in the neighborhood back in the 60s/70s.

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Meanwhile… over at the #PalmSprings Art Museum

Meanwhile, over at the Palm Springs Art Museum…

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Modernist George Montierth, AIA

 

Another personal waterfront favorite along the canals of Naples Island in Long Beach, California is this 1948 George Montierth-designed mid-century modernist.

Surprisingly, not much is published about the locally prolific Long Beach, California architect, who not only designed a number of timeless buildings from his offices in the Ocean Center Building in downtown Long Beach in the 1940s and 50s, but also mentored several young architects who went on to higher fame.

 

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