Preservation symposium emphasizes historical and architectural diversity

Palm Springs is often called the Mecca of Mid-Century Modern architecture, and indeed in the 1920s and 1930s visionary architects came to the city and put their own spin on Bauhaus and the International Style, creating an entirely new genre, desert modernism.

“Our city has a range of significant and compelling architectural styles over the past 125 years,” said Katherine Hough, president of the Palm Springs Historic Site Preservation Council. “While there is a lot of interest in modernist architecture, there are many other historic buildings in a variety of styles and historical periods. From the few adobe and stone homes built in Araby Creek in the 1920s to the spectacular and diverse architecture built on Southridge, Palm Springs has a wealth of architectural styles to discover.

The City of Palm Springs Historic Site Preservation Board invites the public to explore this historic architecture at its eighth annual Preservation Symposium, April 23 and 24, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. This year’s theme is “Historical and Architectural Diversity”, featuring experts and scholars, many of whom reside in desert communities, presenting educational and informative sessions.