Modernism Week 2023
The Indian Canyon Neighborhood Tour

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The Indian Canyons tour will take place on Saturday, February 25th!

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The 2023 Modernism Week’s annual 11-day festival will feature more than 350 events including the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale, tours of iconic homes in more than 30 neighborhoods, and the popular Signature Home Tour on both weekends. Also offered are architectural walking, biking and double-decker bus tours, tours of the historic Annenberg Estate at Sunnylands, a classic car show, garden tours, nightly parties, and a special series of compelling and informative talks. All events are open to the public, and many events are free or low cost. To learn more about how to participate, please go to: www.modernismweek.com.

Indian Canyons Neighborhood Home Tour

Swing on down to the south end of Palm Springs to tour the magnificent homes of the historic Indian Canyons Neighborhood and enjoy refreshments at the iconic clubhouse designed by Donald Wexler and Richard Harrison. Originally known as the Canyon Country Club, the Indian Canyons Neighborhood was built along the fairways of the first 18-hole championship golf course in Palm Springs in the early 1960s. Residents flocked to this friendly neighborhood for its distinctive architecture, featuring custom homes designed by Stan Sackley, William Krisel, Charles Du Bois, among others. Open floor plans coupled with expansive use of glass characterized these designs.

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Most of the neighborhood’s coveted real estate has been restored to reflect its modernist roots. Sunshine, golf and celebrities are woven into the neighborhood’s history, making the stories of A-list movie stars with a connection here more than urban legend. Above all, the integration of the desert’s natural beauty into the homes is the Indian Canyons neighborhood’s trademark.

Docents will be on hand before and during the home tour for guided tours of the clubhouse, explaining the history of the club, resort and our community.

Tour seven (7) entirely different from 2022, magnificent custom homes of Indian Canyons Neighborhood known for its distinctive mid-century modern architects such as Dan Palmer, William Krisel, Stan Sackley, Charles DuBois and others. $125 (3 hrs)

Indian Canyons Home Tour: Saturday, Feb. 25th
Times: 09:45 AM to 01:00 PM.
Cost: $125.00
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If you have any questions, please feel free to let us know by sending an email to icnoboard@gmail.com

A sneak peek at the some of the homes you’ll see on the Indian Canyons Home Tour

Modernism Week Events

Modernism Week’s signature February Event is an annual celebration of midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture. This exciting festival takes place in February in the Palm Springs area of Southern California. Modernism Week features more than 350 events including the Palm Springs Modernism Show, Signature Home Tours, films, lectures, Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours, nightly parties and live music, walking and bike tours, tours of Sunnylands, fashion, classic cars, modern garden tours, a vintage travel trailer exhibition, and more.

In addition to the events in February, Modernism Week hosts Modernism Week — October. Partner organizations collaborate to produce a “mini-Modernism Week” to kick-off the active social and recreational season in Palm Springs.

Modernism Week is also a charitable organization, providing scholarships to local students pursuing college educations in the fields of architecture and design; as well as supporting local and state preservation organizations and neighborhood groups in their efforts to preserve modernist architecture throughout the state of California.

Modernism Week History

In 2006, following the success of both the Palm Springs Modernism Show and the annual symposium organized by the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Architecture and Design Council, a group of local design and architecture aficionados created Modernism Week’s signature event in February to showcase the world-renowned midcentury modern architecture of Palm Springs.

Among the members of the initial steering committee were representatives from the Palm Springs Modernism Show, Palm Springs Preservation Foundation, the Palm Springs Modern Committee, the Palm Springs Historical Society, and the Palm Springs Art Museum.

In 2009 Modernism Week became a California 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Since then, the organization has established an annual Scholarship Program for local high school seniors pursuing college educations in the fields of architecture and design; and continues to provide financial support to local and state preservation organizations and neighborhood groups in their efforts to preserve modernist architecture throughout the state of California.

The Board of Directors, staff and volunteers remain devoted to preserving the integrity of its mission and the high quality of Modernism Week programs, while keeping sights set on future growth and expansion of the organization.

Indian Canyons Participation

Indian Canyons has one of the largest number of Mid Century Modern homes in Palm Springs, and has participated in the neighborhood tour of homes since the inception.

ICNOs Modernism tour is a large job and takes a group of dedicated people to talk to homeowners and secure 6-8 tour homes. Find 50 volunteers to serve as docents in our tour homes, and manage the communication required to sell 400 tickets.

A huge thankyou to all of the volunteers that supported our modernism 2022, and especially our Chairman and Board Committee leaders, Mark Gold and Thomas Sims.

Indian Canyon Neighborhood History

Once the exclusive domain of the Agua Caliente Indians, development began on the Indian Canyons Neighborhood in the early 1960s and the first golfers teed off at the Canyon Country Club golf course in October 1962.

The iconic clubhouse was designed by famed architects Donald Wexler and Ric Harrison. The Canyon Country Club, now known as the Indian Canyons North Course, was the first 18-hole golf course in Palm Springs. (The O’Donnell golf course, also located within Palm Springs city limits, dates from the 1920s but is a 9-hole course.)

Indian Canyons Celebrities

The club has a colorful history as a favorite haunt of Hollywood celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Walt Disney, Sammy Davis, Jr., Johnny Carson, Chuck Conners, Jackie Gleason, and Milton Berle, as well as former U.S. Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan.

Celebrities who lived in Indian Canyons:

  • Walt Disney – Camino Real
  • Chuck Conners (The Rifleman) – Camino Real
  • Don Adams (Get Smart) – Camino Real
  • David Janssen (The Fugitive) – Yosemite
  • Jerome Factor (Max Factor Cosmetics) – Via Estrella
  • Irving Mills (Discovered Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman) – Murray Canyon
  • Ginny Simms (Actress) – Murray Canyon
  • Fred Williamson (Current resident, Football Player, Actor, Producer) – Calle Palo Fierro
  • Fess Parker (Davy Crockett) – Toledo
  • William Demarest (Actor) – Yosemite
  • Ralph Young (Sandler & Young) – Sierra Way
  • Bobby Milano/Keely Smith (Singers) – Murray Canyon