Feb 20, 2017
Modernism Week is excited this year to have on the schedule the inaugural Peek Behind The Hedges home and garden tour of historic Old Las Palmas.
Old Las Palmas, dating to the 1920s and boasting the largest number of celebrity homes, is the oldest residential neighborhood in Palm Springs. Most visitors, however, know it only as a hedged enclave with a curvilinear street-plan that was inspired by the work of Frederick Law Olmsted. This is your chance to peek behind the hedges!
Richly diverse in style, the area features residences by many architects and builders. Grand Spanish Colonial estates share the neighborhood with famed midcentury homes, architecturally significant modern residences, Hollywood Regency homes and fantasy-inspired structures.
New Yorker Alvah Hicks was an early Old Las Palmas builder. Few of his houses still exist, but we are excited to have three on our tour. The long-time home of actress Mary Martin, a house owned by Liberace, actress Mary Pickfords estate and a grand midcentury residence once owned by Janette Edris Rockefeller are featured, along with a home redesigned by E. Stewart Williams in 1958 and a home designed by the architect Cliff May. The tour includes the interiors of at least six residences and an opportunity to view the beautiful private gardens of another. Proceeds from this tour fund the Old Las Palmas Neighborhood Organizations annual charitable donations within the Palm Springs community.
Ages 12 and older. No pets, food and smoking in the homes. Interior photography is at discretion of the owner. Private homes are not wheelchair accessible. Duration of tour is approx. 3 hours. This is a self-guided driving tour.