Week Filled with Modernism

John Lautner’s Elrod house, films, talks and more to keep fans busy in lively Palm Springs

One of Southern California’s grandest modern homes, topped by a reinforced concrete dome that seems to float above the desert floor and with walls incorporating natural rock formations, will be open to the public during Palm Springs Modernism Week, which runs February 16-26.

John Lautner’s 1968 Elrod house was designed in collaboration with its client, interior designer Arthur Elrod. The tours are February 24-26. elrodhouse.org.

Events sponsored by Palm Springs Modernism Week include:

• Film showings, including ‘Desert Utopia: Midcentury Architecture in Palm Springs,’ at noon February 19, featuring a talk by architectural historian Alan Hess; ‘William Krisel, Architect,’ with the architect present during lunch, noon February 20; and ‘Journeyman Architect: the Life and Work of Donald Wexler,’ with Wexler present during lunch, noon February 22.

• ‘Cartopia,’ a program on stunning mid-century concept cars, with historian and former test driver Jim Cherry, 10:30 a.m. February 20.

• ‘Preserving Eichler Homes,’ a presentation by Hess and Susan Secoy Jenson, 2:30 p.m. February 21.

• And the 12th annual Modernism Show, featuring furnishings, art, and collectables.

For information: modernismweek.com

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