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You’re Invited to MADE in Beverly Hills | May 4-7, 2023

For architecture lovers and fans of Modernism Week in Palm Springs look no further than the just launched MADE in Beverly Hills, an exciting four day festival celebrating the arts, architeecture, fashion, design, and outdoor landscapes throughout the beautiful city of Beverly Hills. We’re only a month away from the opening night celebration at the historic Greystone Mansion.

A little bit about Greystone Mansion: Greystone and the surrounding grounds it shares its magnificent beauty with, are rich in California history. Greystone Mansion was designed by the renowned Southern California architect Gordon B. Kaufmann and was constructed by the P.J. Walker Company. The landscape architect was Paul G. Thiene who used a potpourri of Gothic and neoclassic architectural styles. There are fifty-five livable rooms within the 46,054 square feet of living space in the Mansion. Construction of the palatial manor home began February 15, 1927 and although Edward “Ned” Laurence Doheny, Jr, his wife Lucy, and their five children moved into the residence in September 1928, the estate took three years to complete at a cost of over $3 million, an almost unimaginable sum in real estate at the time. In addition to the Mansion, originally located on the grounds were stables and kennels, tennis courts, a fire station, gatehouse, swimming pool and pavilion, a greenhouse, a lake, babbling brooks and cascading waterfalls.  But on the night of February 16, 1929, only five months after the family had moved in, Ned Doheny was found shot to death inside the home, at the age of 35 and the victim of an apparent murder-suicide perpetrated by his longtime personal friend and aid Hugh Plunket. Lucy continued living at Greystone until 1955, after which she and her second husband Leigh M. Battson sold the majority of the original land to the Paul Trousdale Corporation, developers of Beverly Hills’ prestigious “Trousdale Estate” homes. The City of Beverly Hills purchased the property from Mr. Crown in 1965 for approximately $1.3 million with plans to install a 19-million gallon water tank on the property as its hilltop site provided tremendous natural water pressure. This site continues to serve as the City of Beverly Hills’ largest reservoir.

Tickets to the opening night party at the Mansion cost $150 and include champagne and wine, hors d’oeuvres, and a live performance from The Dreamboats. In addition to the Greystone reception, there are multiple talks, home tours, film screenings, and parties ranging from free to $10 dollars and beyond. Let me know which special events you will be attending and if you’ll be at The Mansion for a sunset toast on opening night!

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Your Guide to Modernism Week in Palm Springs | 2023

Modernism Week returns to Palm Springs! Join architecture aficionados from around the world this February 16-26, 2023 for eleven days of all things mid-century modern. Read on for the special events, home tours, live music, and more hip happenings you won’t want to miss.

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Highlights of Palm Springs Modernism Week 2022

With just five weeks until one of Palm Springs’s liveliest festivals, Modernism Week returns in 2022 with in-person events, exclusive mid-century modern home tours, parties, food and wine tastings, panel discussions, talks from architecture experts, drag shows, and so much more. Tickets always sell out quickly and hotel rooms and short term rentals are booming, so read on for some of this year’s most exciting highlights of Modernism Week.

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Highlights from Palm Springs Modernism Week 2020

As heavy rains sweep Los Angeles and Southern California and many of us are hunkering down at home because of the coronavirus, let’s take a look back on sunnier, more celebratory times. In February, the city of Palm Springs held its annual Modernism Week, now in its 15th year. Ten days of mid-century modern mania: house tours, architectural talks, ’50s cooking demonstrations, presentations, films, live music, art shows, and nightly parties. The Hollywood Home was lucky enough to snag quite a few tickets to some of the most popular special events. Take a look below for dozens of photos from Modernism Week, information about some of the area’s most famous residences, and insider information so you can start planning ahead for next year’s sure-to-sell-out annual love letter to all things modernism.

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A Preview of Palm Springs Modernism Week 2020

Modernism Week returns to Palm Springs Thursday, February 13th through Sunday, February 23rd. It’s no coincidence the annual event, which attracts thousands from around the world, is occurring on Valentine’s Day weekend this year. Modernism Week is an absolute love letter to the desert city of Palm Springs. It’s the city’s signature celebration of all things mid-century modern: architecture, food and wine, style and design, vintage Hollywood, culture, and so much more. There will be home tours of Palm Spring’s most architecturally significant houses, talks with experts, designers, and architects, film screenings, live music, drag bingo, cooking demonstrations and special atomic age-themed dinners and other culinary events, dancing, and, if the weather forecast holds, plenty of sun.

While Modernism Week is always an extraordinarily popular event for Palm Springs, there are still plenty of shows that still have tickets available. Yes, Charles Phoenix’s Super Duper Double Decker Bus Tour sold out months ago, we’ve highlighted some of our most anticipated events below and there are still dozens of others available to choose from. We’ll be staying at the recently remodeled and just opened Les Cactus boutique hotel in the city’s Warm Sands neighborhood, but a cursory glance online shows there are still dozens of rooms and rentals available, or, with events scheduled throughout the day and into the evening, Modernism Week also makes the perfect day trip from Los Angeles, Orange County, or San Diego.

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