Discover the hidden midcentury gems of Rancho Mirage on this first Modernism Week walking tour of Mod Mirage.' Walking on quiet, public streets behind Tamarisk Country Club you will see (exteriors only) significant, historic midcentury homes designed by Hugh Kaptur, William F. Cody, Donald Wexler, William Krisel, and Val Powelson's iconic gull-wing Maranz House. Discover how Tamarisk Country Club came to be in the early 1950s and who lived there: Frank Sinatra, and the Marx Brothers among them. Find out about the development of country club resort communities by Cody and by Krisel: Cody Court, Valley of the Sun, and Tamarisk Ranchos where we'll end our tour in the gardens. Cody Court and Tamarisk Ranchos are the city's first two designated historic districts.
Writer and local historian Melissa Riche, who is writing a book on the city's rich architectural legacy, will lead the tour. The walk will be approximately 1.5 miles total on quiet, flat public roads, and take two hours. Home interiors on the walking tour will NOT be visited.
The event will extend at the end of the historic tour to introduce two nearby New Century' homes recently completed with midcentury style. Guests will be guided to the homes just yards from Tamarisk Ranchos to visit two homes in the Verlaine community, developed by GHA Companies
: one is the original model home, beautifully furnished and decorated by its residents with a selection of vintage pottery and contemporary furnishings, the second was customized to suit the owners' contemporary style and diverse, international art collection. Refreshments will be served: champagne and light bites. A golf cart shuttle will return you to the walking tour starting point.
Funds raised will go towards Preservation Mirage, a non-profit whose mission is to educate the community and help preserve the architectural legacy of the City of Rancho Mirage.