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The new Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion, in downtown Palm Springs will be the hub of the museum's exploration of architecture and design, and houses related exhibitions and educational and community programs, as well as research space and a storage area for the museum's growing architecture and design collections and archives. The opening exhibition, An Eloquent Modernist, E. Stewart Williams, Architect, celebrates the accomplishments of Williams, the acclaimed architect who designed the historic building in 1961 to be the Santa Fe Federal Savings & Loan and who was one of the most important architects of the Desert Modern style, developed in and around Palm Springs in the middle of the 20th century.
"Palm Springs has the world's greatest concentration per capita of midcentury modern architecture, and so it is a natural fit for the Palm Springs Art Museum to increase its commitment to architecture and design through exhibitions, educational programs, and research," said Dr. Steven A. Nash, the JoAnn McGrath Executive Director of the Palm Springs Art Museum. "It was important to us not only to be a leader in these fields, but also to be able to preserve this important example of Desert Modernism."
The building, purchased by the museum in 2011, is a classic midcentury International style structure. After changing hands several times, it recently received Class 1 Historic Site protective status. The rehabilitation is being overseen by preeminent Los Angeles architecture firm Marmol Radziner, known for the restoration of the famed Kaufmann House and the Ship of the Desert residence, both in Palm Springs. The firm based its restoration designs on black-and-white photographs of the building taken by Julius Shulman, as well as Williams' original drawings.
The 13,000 square-foot glass and steel building is elevated above street level, and the glass pavilion features floor-to-ceiling windows that perfectly frame the cityscape and the surrounding San Jacinto Mountains. The main level will feature gallery space for architecture and design exhibitions, curatorial offices, and a store located in and around the bank vault, which retains its original door. The lower level will become a study center as well as provide meeting and archive spaces.
Renovations include removing office dividers to create one seamless space, removing carpeting to reveal the original terrazzo floor, and adding sustainable desert landscaping. The museum has also added an elevator, restored the perimeter retaining walls, and replaced and restored the movable, anodized aluminum screens original to the west-facing facade.
Palm Springs Art Museum, which recently celebrated its 75th anniversary, holds major collections of modern and contemporary art, glass, photography, architecture and design, and Native American and Western art. The museum was also designed by E. Stewart Williams in 1976 and expanded by him in 1996.
Over the last 10 years, Palm Springs Art Museum has placed a growing emphasis on exhibitions devoted to architecture and design. The museum's architecture collections (including drawings, photography, and models) are growing rapidly, as highlighted by the recent gift of the large L.J. Cella Collection of drawings, photographs, and objects. The museum also holds significant portions of the Albert Frey, E. Stewart Williams, and Arthur Elrod/Harold Broderick archives. The collection also includes Frey House-II, the historically significant residence in Palm Springs that architect Albert Frey designed for himself and bequeathed to the museum.
"We want to ensure that our growing collection is accessible to architects, scholars, and the general public, and that we have the opportunity to develop more programming focused on architecture and design, including current innovations in these fields," said Sidney Williams, the museum's curator of architecture and design. "The new A+D Center provides us with the much needed space for our permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, and the E. Stewart Williams-designed building itself is an important addition to our collection."
Palm Springs Art Museum launched a capital campaign in 2011 to raise funds for the purchase and rehabilitation of the A+D Center. Three donors provided the lead gifts for the purchase of the building: Trina Turk and Jonathan Skow, Elizabeth Edwards Harris, and John Boccardo, and to date, more than 100 founding members have each committed $25,000 to support the rehabilitation and initial operations.
WHERE: Oscar's Cafe & Bar, 125 E Tahquitz Canyon Way #108, Palm Springs, CA 92262 (at the corner of Indian Canyon Drive)
WHEN: Saturday, September 7, 2013; 7:30 AM - 2:30 PMSunday, September 8, 2013; 7:30 AM - 2:30 PMMSaturday, September 14, 2013; 7:30 AM - 2:30 PMSunday, September 15, 2013; 7:30 AM - 2:30 PMRepeat every Sunday, Saturday until Saturday, May 31, 14
WHAT: You and your dog(s) are invited to join us every Saturday and Sunday from 7:30am - 2:00pm for a fun brunch on our always dog-friendly patio. Oscar's Cafe & Bar participates in My Perfect Pet's "Dine With Your Dog" program, offering fresh, whole, healthy 100% Human-Grade Food for your dog while serving delicious human food for our pet parents!
Golf in Palm Springs is a 12 month a year activity. Some say golf in Palm Springs is too hot during the summer months. This is my second summer here in Palm Springs. I have golfed during these warmer months. The cost is about a 1/4 of what the rack rate is during peak season. A foursome can play in 3 1/2 hours or less.
The dining here in Palm Springs is incredible! We have so many outstanding restaurants from which to choose. At Trio www.triopalmsprings.com our table of 5 had a winner at every seat. We all had trouble with rubbernecking at the other tables to see what divine creation was being delivered. You have to start with their hand cut potato chips. The fried artichoke hearts were delectable; the craftsmen in the kitchen were somehow able to avoid that mushy thing that can turn a good heart bad. Our cocktails were brought perfectly chilled and delivered by an attentive and cheerful waiter. Trio is nicely walkable from Avanti. If you drive look for patron parking in the back of the building.
Cafe Europa www.cafeeuropapalmsprings.com has serene patio dining that is dog friendly. They happily brought the cutest dish with water for our four legged little guy. The entire courtyard area really does make you feel like you are in Europe. The owner, Mike, and his staff all have great energy and can turn your day around if you are feeling a little crabby. (Which we weren’t). My Europa Benedict had the traditional ham replaced with asparagus and topped with a perfect yogurt harissa sauce. You have to feel special when Chef Patou herself stops by the table to be sure we were happy. The Bloody Mary had the perfect kick of spice – just enough – and I left feeling satisfied; not looking for a nap as can happen after a ravenous breakfast experience. Also close enough to Avanti to get in your morning walk before and after breakfast.
Guests here at Avanti have raved about their experience at Wang’s In The Desert www.wangsinthedesert.com They raved about the cuisine and the patio experience. We are excited to head there this week. More later after we have dined and imbibed.
We had a lively crowd at Avanti who went to get lunch take-out from Lulu’s www.lulupalmsprings.com for a party of ten. What a spread they brought back to enjoy poolside. The sandwiches and burgers looked and smelled fresh with gourmet ingredients. There was no skimping on the size of those sanny’s. Next time it’s lunch for me at Lulu’s.
Last night we went to Matchbox www.matchboxpalmsprings.com expecting to dine on their modern take on pizza. We quickly detoured to the Palm Springs Restaurant Week www,palmspringsrestaurantweek.com prefixe menu. Two at our table made the same delicious choice of Spicy Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura Roll followed by Pepper Crusted Flat Iron Steak. What can I say. All plates left the table clean leaving nothing to take home. I ordered the Beet and Goat Cheese Terrine to start. When it arrived, it was so beautifully presented I had to sit a minute before diving in. The crusted cake of goat cheese was a perfect compliment to the fresh greens and beets. For an entree’ I ordered the Spaghetti Norma Jean. The shrimp was perfectly prepared; juicy and flavorful. The portion was incredibly generous and was taken home to be finished off for lunch today. We were given an enthusiastic recommendation to go to Matchbox; Chef Michael Estrada did not disappoint. The second floor location definitely did not deter patrons. We enjoyed our repast alfresco on the patio and had the happenstance entertainment of several bachelorette parties.
Speaking of Norma Jean, you just have to see the fantastic sculpture of Marilyn Monroe www.visitpalmsprings.com/page/-forever-marilyn that was just installed and will be here for a year. With palm trees and the mountain backdrop she is quite a site. And she continues to be controversial. Go Marilyn.
Well, must go. More dish on dining later.
Playing golf at a quick pace is always good. I played golf at Escena golf course, only 10 minutes for the Avanti Hotel Palm Springs. The Escena golf course has a lovely club house and patio. The Patio is raised above a tranquil pond. Sometimes after a tough round of golf we need a tranquil place to sit and have an adult beverage.
Escena offers four different tee boxes, from 5500 to 7100 yards. The course is fair yet challenging. Sand traps are in the correct places. They surround most the greens and are strategically placed in the fairways. There are a few holes with water. Play the water holes smart and you won’t have to go “tin cup” crazy. The greens are large with mild break on most of them. There are a couple where ball placement is crucial but only a couple.
On this particular day, I left the Avanti Hotel Palm Springs at 7am. I hit a few balls at their “range” (it is a net you hit balls into). I usually only hit 10-15 practice balls before I play so the net was not an issue for me. I was sent off as a single, not my choice but I did not ask to be paired up with another group. I teed off at 7:35 during the 18 holes I went through 3 groups and finished at 9:25. Quickest round of golf ever.
The next day I went to Taquitz Creek, had to travel a little further, it took 15 minutes from Avanti Hotel Palm Springs. That day was calm no wind and a perfect 78 degrees when I teed off at 8:45. I was paired up with three locals Steve, Patrick and Robert. There are two courses at Taquitz creek, the Legend and the Resort course. The Legend course (the older course) offers four tee positions starting at 5800 up to 6800. I played the legend course about 3 weeks ago with two friends. We played the white tees. The yardage is 6500 plenty of length for the average player. This course is more wide open and the holes seemed really long (maybe because it was 102 out). We played this course in 3 hours and 40 minutes. 15 of those minutes were spent trying to get beer at the turn.
The day I played the Resort course with Patrick, Steve and Robert we played in 4 hours. The Resort course at Taquitz offers 4 tee boxes from 5200 to 6700. The resort course is a little tighter more water and sand traps than the Legend course. The group I played with are locals and have played this course and the Legend course many times. I asked each one what course they preferred each one had a different answer. These are both good quality courses. The challenge is here depending on what tee boxes you use.
The Avanti Hotel Palm Springs is very close to all three of these courses and I will play them again… and again ….and again.
After a game of golf at the many courses within minutes of the Avanti Hotel you may need more excitement. You can visit the Spa Casino Resort in Downtown Palm Springs only 3 minutes from the Avanti Hotel. The Spa Resort Casino has all the games a gamer wants.
When the desert heats up you want to make sure you have plenty of water and snacks to take along and always take it easy. Heat Stroke can be a very real possibility if you are not hydrated, wearing a hat or are hiking on too hot of a day. Always smartly plan your hike and go with a partner or group. The views from above the desert floor can be breathtaking, especially at sunrise.
For those who want an even cooler experience when the heat is unbearable, try the Palm Springs tram for an amazing experience in a true wilderness. Only minutes away from the desert level you are serenaded in a rotating tram to the pines and creeks of Mt. San Jacinto. The valley floor has many trails leading in many different directions. Whether you want to take a stroll or spend the day keeping cool, it’s a real treat. You can even take a 4+ hour hike to the mountain village of Idyllwild but you’ll need a friend to drive around the mountain to meet you there when you arrive.
Palm Springs has some very unusual Museums and they’re worth checking out. When you’re relaxing in the desert, strolling through the cool museums is a great way to escape the heat of the day and learn a lot about the rich cultural history of this oasis village that’s just a short distance from Tinseltown. It’s not too hard to understand why all the stars were drawn to P.S. and why so many made their homes here.
Museum HoursClosed Mondays and major holidays (2012 holiday closure dates include: January 1, January 16, February 20, May 28, July 4 and September 3)Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmThursday 12 pm – 8 pm; 4-8 p.m. free admission sponsored by the City of Palm SpringsStore, box office, and cafe open during Museum Hours
101 North Museum DrivePalm Springs(760) 322-4800
Open seven days a week, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.Allow at least an hour-and-half to enjoy the museum.Closed for Thanksgiving day and Christmas day.
745 N Gene Autry TrlPalm Springs(760) 778-6262
Museum HoursSeptember through MayWednesday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Sunday: noon – 5:00 p.m.
June through AugustFriday & Saturday: 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.Sunday: noon – 5:00 p.m
The Museum will be closed for the following holidays: November 24 (Thanksgiving), December 25 (Christmas), January 1 (New Year’s Day) and April 8 (Easter).MUSEUM ADMISSION IS FREE
219 South Palm Canyon DrivePalm Springs760.778.1079
Open on Saturday and Sundays – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.221 South Palm Canyon DrivePalm Springs(760) 327-2156
The McCallum Adobe 10-4 Wed-Sat. 12-4 SundayMiss Cornelia White’s “Little House” 10-4 Wed-Sat. 12-4 Sunday
(760) 323-8297221 S Palm Canyon DrPalm Springs
It was a quiet morning in the garden at the Sunnylands Visitor Center.A few caretakers were working in the nine acres of fields, where drought-tolerant plants are used to mimic colors and landscapes from Impressionist paintings.
There were a few painters, too.
Sherry West of Palm Desert said she was “first in line” when they opened the gardens up at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday for the first day the gardens were opened exclusively for visual artists looking for something pretty to portray. She was already excited about coming back in the future, as the angle of the sun shifts through the seasons.
“It’s like having a new Disneyland to paint every day,” she said.
She was one of six artists who signed up for the first “Plein Air in the Gardens” event, and another is scheduled each month through June, letting people work in the midst of the landscape rather than try to recreate it in a studio.
The gardens and visitor center at 37-977 Bob Hope Drive are open to the public for free Thursday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunnylands spokeswoman Mary Perry said the garden can accommodate up to 25 artists at each of the set-aside days, which were inspired by occasional sightings of someone painting or drawing in the garden during normal business hours. She said that’s fine, too, as long as they don’t get in anyone else’s way.
“But this way they don’t have to deal with the crowds and everything else you get, especially during the season,” she said.
West and other artists, who had spent little or no time in the garden, said they were surprised and thrilled by the abundance of desert plants and imposing mountain scenery around the center.
Guillermo Valentin of Cathedral City, who is primarily a sculptor, was standing in front of a blank canvas and staring at a triangle of columnar cactuses in front of the visitor center.
“They’re very complex. You can see all the structures inside of them,” Valentin said. “All of the plants that you have in the desert, a lot of people don’t know about that part of them.”
Michaeleen Gallagher, director of education and environmental programs at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, said the participating artists don’t have to be painters. Sketchers, photographers and other visual artists are all welcome.
To participate in one of the future plein-air events, artists must call Sunnylands at (760) 202-2222, ext. 234 or 249, and agree to follow rules, such as using tarps on the ground
From Desert Sun 9-23-13
The City of Palm Springs has been pursuing installation of electric vehicle charging stations to make sure the City has a network ready for visitors and residents. The City has placed 30 stations spread around the City with installations completed in 2013. In addition, additional funding has been secured and the City is working with local partners, to place at least 10 more stations with installations completed in 2013. Additionally, charging units are being installed at private residences and around the community at a variety of businesses for clients and customers.
City of Palm Springs is preparing itself to be fully charge ready. See the map below of charging units now ready and those coming soon.
CLICK for a map of our Electric Vehicle Charging Station Network
Here at the AVANTI your dog is welcome. Palm Springs is very dog friendly. Many restaurants welcome your four legged family member. You can view our four legged guests here.
Located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, the Palm Springs Art Museum features a sophisticated collection of art, loaned or donated by the area's affluent residents. The museum has an art collection that rivals urban metropolitan museums, and includes works from Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Donald Judd, Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, Robert Rauschenberg, Antony Gormley and Ansel Adams. Spread over the 150,000 square feet, the museum boasts major collections of modern and contemporary art, glass, photography, architecture and design and Native American and Western art. It has two outdoor sculpture gardens, a café featuring American and Continental cuisine, and a museum store that includes one-of-a-kind gifts and art-related merchandise. The museum is open every day except Mondays and major holidays, and is always 75 degrees, providing a welcome respite from the Palm Springs summer triple-digit temperatures. It features free admission every Thursday evening from 4-8 p.m. and every second Sunday of each month.
The Palm Springs Air Museum is home to one of the world’s largest collections of flyable WWII aircraft; and unlike many other museums, our air-conditioned hangars have no ropes to keep you from interacting with our exhibits. In addition to our aircraft, exhibits and activities allow visitors of all ages to gain a fresh perspective of World War II — the unparalleled event that shaped the world we live in. Recent new exhibits and aircraft are from the Korea and Vietnam Wars. Rides in a vintage Warbird airplane are available through the Giftshp. Check out the Warbird Rides page.
Our extensive library and our crew of trained volunteers can provide you details on the aircraft and a sense of the experience of flying them. Additionally, a number of aircraft are open for tours every day.
Children of all ages are entranced by the big planes and entertained with related activities, from our kid-sized control tower to flying our simulators.
And we’re pet friendly to friendly pets.
We’re open every day from 10AM to 5PM (except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and February 12, 2016). FREE PARKING
By Lawrence Karol
Avanti Hotel in Palm Springs offers its guests retro bikes to pedal around town instead of driving.
Courtesy of Avanti Hotel
Many Coachella Valley hotels have adopted sustainability in exciting and inventive ways.
We’ve checked in to some of our favorites and see what they have to offer.
We’ll be highlighting one hotel a week, and throughout this series you’ll read about everything from herb gardens to beauty products made through ‘green chemistry’ to vehicle charging stations, and lots more.
So sit back, relax, and come along on our eco-friendly vacation.
This week: Avanti Hotel
Tucked away in Palm Springs Movie Colony neighborhood, the boutique Avanti Hotel has mid-century style and 21st-century eco-friendly features.
General Manager, Jim Rutledge, takes us for a spin.
When did you first introduce eco-friendly features and how did you start?“We purchased Avanti in May 2012. Being from the Pacific Northwest, we have eco-friendly thinking ingrained in us so we thought about these practices long before we opened. Some of the eco-features you'll find at Avanti include recycle bins in all guest rooms and around the pool deck area. Due to an increase in our recycling, we required additional curbside recycle containers.”
“Something else we did when we took possession of the property was remove towels, linens, some furniture and artwork. But rather than a trip to the dump, we recycled the items in various ways. Towels were donated to the animal shelter, and many other items were donated to neighbors and Revivals [whose proceeds benefit Desert AIDS Project].”
“From personal amenities to housekeeping we strive to use natural, recycled and/or recyclable products. ECRU body products and Caldrea kitchen products are provided in the guest rooms. Mrs. Meyers Clean Day products and laundry detergent free of perfumes and dyes are used by housekeeping. Even water from ice chests is used on plants and our landscaping is predominately drought tolerant. Styrofoam coffee cups are not ever a consideration.”
Do you receive many comments and how do guests react?“Most react happily when they find the ECRU and Caldrea products in the guest rooms.”
What qualities do you think are most important to male guests?“Recycling.”
What qualities are most important to female guests?“Quality personal amenities.”
Can you tell me about the most unusual eco-related request you’ve ever received?“Inquiries regarding laundry soap free of dyes and perfumes, and hypoallergenic pillows.”
What’s your favorite eco feature?“Recycling. And the fun retro-cruiser bikes available for guests to ride around the Village versus driving.”
Any changes or additions coming up?“When we repaint guest rooms, we select colors from Valspar's line of paint that’s free of VOCs [volatile organic compounds]. We also do our best to purchase products made in the U.S. to keep a smaller carbon footprint.”
Avanti Hotel, 354 East Stevens Road, Palm Springs, 760-327-3866
Read Bild Magazine's article about Avanti and Palm Springs.