Desert Modernism- Palm Springs

So just a little brief history as to how my fascination with modernism began...Flashback to Junior High. We were assigned a project to create a mood board containing elements of our dream house which we later sketched out to scale on graph paper. My mood board was full of modern buildings, houses with glass walls, and pools in the middle. I believe there was even a fluffy white poodle and an old school jag on there, my mother used to joke that I had old lady taste needless to say my style preferences haven't changed. This junior high introduction led me to researching and falling in love with modern architecture and crushing on the works of Richard Neutra, Albert Frey, E.Stewart Williams, you get the point. So Palm Springs, for me, was hands down a place to visit. it's a treasure trove of house after house that I literally fawned and screamed over...not sure how many times I said "I want this one!" It was also refreshing to see some of the original financial institutions still preserved and some currently in use. Palm Springs is this perfect combination of old Hollywood glam, pristine modern homes, and warm weather that screams for cocktail parties while waltzing around in Halston gowns.....hey a girl can dream!

P.S. I opted to squeeze a few more pairs of heels in my luggage rather than fit my camera.....and I call myself a photographer. I attempted to capture the essence of this magical place with a small point and shoot with limited options.....







Kaufmann House by Richard Neutra





Merrill, Lynch, Pierce & Smith Building by Donald Wexler 
Chase Bank originally Coachella Valley Savings by E. Stewart Williams 


Bank of America originally City National Bank by Victor Gruen Associates
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Maira Gall