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Modernism 101 lecture in partnership with PS ModCom


Learn about the magnificent modernist architecture that abounds throughout Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, and Indian Wells. Country club architecture became defined by William Cody’s elegant minimalism in designs for the clubhouses of Thunderbird, Tamarisk and Eldorado Country Clubs, and other developments. Sunnylands, a modernist tour de force by A. Quincy Jones, Sandpiper condominiums by William Krisel, the Wave House by Walter White, and the only Schindler home in the desert are just some of the standouts that dot the mid-valley.


About the speakers: Karen Prinzmetal has been a prime force in the architectural community since coming to the desert in 1998. She is a past board member of the Palm Springs Architecture and Design Council, a founder of the PS Architecture and Design Museum, and steering member of the Historical Society of Palm Desert. The recipients of the Palm Springs Modern Committee 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award for Historical Preservation, Karen and her late husband Jim have been instrumental in documenting architectural gems in Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage and Indian Wells.


James Schnepf describes himself as a “location and people photographer” who spends part of the year at his William Krisel designed 1959 Sandpiper home in Palm Desert. Along with traveling the world for a long list of corporate and editorial clientele, his coffee table book Palm Springs Modern Living was published by Gibbs Smith in 2015. The photography driven book celebrates the people that live in the wonderful midcentury modern architecture in the California desert communities including Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert.


Both Karen and James are longtime residents of Sandpiper, an architecturally significant Mid-Century Modern residential community designed in 1959 by Palmer and Krisel in Palm Desert.

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