“There is something idyllic about the synchronicity between the water and the eternally blue sky”
Apart from government controls, there are also strong associations such as the Palm Springs Modern Committee and the Palm Springs Preservation Society, which keep a close eye on developments in the city.
One development that has received universal commendation is the restoration of the Abernathy House designed by William F. Cody. It is in the Movie Colony district and has been painstakingly restored by New York based-entertainment executive Eric Ellenbogen. The house, which hosted the closing party for this year’s Palm Springs Modernism Week, is composed of a series of hipped roof pavilions containing kitchen, living room and master suite separated by flat-roofed colonnades of enclosed circulation space or open porch space. The pavilions are clustered around the ever-present pool and manicured landscaped gardens, all of which contribute to the experience of resort-style living that is typical of the best of Palm Springs houses.
Having spent a week in Palm Springs attending events associated with Modernism Week, I find it easy to see why it became and remains a destination for design aficionados and holidaymakers alike.
Whether you are staying for a week in a rented midcentury modern classic, or going for a weekend to the reinvented Parker or Ace hotels, there is something for everyone. As the blue of the pools and sky gives way to the twilight magic hour, you begin to understand what they call the Palm Springs life.