Modernism Week 2020 VIP Bus Tour

Together with our sponsors, we are pleased to offer a Private VIP Bus Tour highlighting the best of Modernism Week for design professionals. You and your peers will visit the Palm Springs-based Showcase and Featured Homes of Modernism Week and conclude your day with a cocktail reception at CAMP and a live concert with the Dreamboats.

Part of the proceeds goes to Modernism Week which provides scholarships to local students and supports state preservation organizations in their efforts to preserve modernist architecture throughout the state of California.

Choose from 1 of 3 days – February 19, 20, 21


VIP Access for Only $85

($330 value)

You and your peers will visit the showcase homes of Modernism Week, including an architectural restoration, mid-century renovation, a designer show house, and a new desert modern construction. A cocktail reception and hors d’oeuvres at CAMP featuring a live performance by the Dreamboats will close out the day. $110 for guests and non-members.

VIP guests will receive:

  • Convenient pick-up locations from LA, OC, San Diego and a local pick-up in Palm Springs where the tour will begin at 9:45am
  • Exclusive trade-only tours of four distinct showcase homes
  • Light breakfast, lunch, and snacks
  • An educational speaking seminar at CAMP
  • A closing cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres
  • Live concert performance (bring your dancing shoes!)
  • All guests entered to win daily prizes donated by Willow & Stump
  • Buses will depart from Palm Springs back to their respective pick-up locations at approximately 6pm


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Highlighting the Best of Modernism Week 2020

We’ll be making all of the stops during your VIP experience – Some of the biggest stand-out homes designed by incredible architects and designers you won’t want to miss.

Palm Springs Visitor Center

The Tramway Gas Station is a landmark and former Esso service station in Palm Springs, California, and was intended to be the first Palm Springs building visitors saw when approaching the city from the north. The building, with its distinctive, cantilevered, wedge-shaped canopy, was built in 1965 and designed by Albert Frey and Robson C. Chambers. It is considered to be a prime example of modernist architecture.

The station closed by the mid-’90s, and its fate was in doubt until its purchase by a private interest, who erected a wall around the property and converted it into an art gallery. It is now operated by the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism as the Palm Springs Visitor Center.

Modernism Week Featured Home: Guggenheim House

This 1967 architectural gem was recently renovated and features interior design by Michael Ostrow of Grace Home Furnishings. Interior spaces feature a seamless blend of contemporary furnishings and vintage pieces. The bold color palette expertly mixes pattern and texture to achieve a fun yet sophisticated atmosphere that embodies the carefree Palm Springs lifestyle.

Modernism Week Featured Home: Divine DuBois

As part of the iconic Canyon Estates neighborhood, this freestanding “Executive Home” was one of the last and most expensive properties in the development when it was first built. Backing up to the property of Smoke Tree Ranch, this 3400 square foot home was designed by Charles DuBois in 1972.

Interior designer Christopher Kennedy’s gut renovation of the property includes a new kitchen, completely renovated bathrooms, and newly-redone outdoor spaces.

Modernism Week Featured Home: Mesa Modern

Mesa Modern is a featured design house in collaboration with interior designer Michelle Boudreau, landscape architect John Feldman of Ecocentrix and the design team of Juniper House, which gains its inspiration from a global perspective on art, architecture, and interior and landscape design.

The city’s new design movement is represented in this newly-constructed home that emphasizes outstanding architecture and stunning outdoor spaces at the base of the beautiful San Jacinto mountains while highlighting unique international and local artists, artisans and talent.

Modernism Week Featured Home: Gillman Residence

The Gillman Residence is a recently restored 1948 home designed by Herbert Burns, architectural designer and builder. After having been partially demolished and sitting neglected for many years, the restoration by the dynamic duo at Thomboy Properties allows one to take in the majestic mountain views surrounding this lavish residence, while paying homage to the incomparable Herbert Burns, known for his trademark work in several apartment hotels including the Hideaway (originally the Town & Desert), Holiday House, and the Orbit Inn.


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Meet Your Learning Lab Panel

With years of experience in the architecture and design world, the following speakers will lead our discussion panel. Get to know them below!

Lance O’Donnell, AIA

Founding Principal, o2 Architecture

Lance O’Donnell and o2 Architecture are dedicated to discovering the essence of place. Their work engages the senses and intellect with a poetic connection to site and rigorous environmentally crafted modernism. To this end, sustainable design has always been pursued as a continuous thread woven throughout the design process.

Each project is taken as an opportunity to embrace the site’s natural beauty and seasonally demanding natural forces–sun, wind, light, water, earth–and to recognize these forces as simply daily and seasonal patterns that can allow built form to harmonize with place. Embedded in this thread are immersive explorations into modern technology, systems, products and finishes. We advocate a participatory and collaborative design process between client, builders, specialists, and architectural team, from conceptualization through realization.


Christopher Kennedy

Owner, Christopher Kennedy Design

Since founding his firm in 2005, Christopher Kennedy has emerged as one of the nation’s freshest voices in home furnishings and interior design. Known for his unique brand of luxurious modernism, Christopher has captured the attention of such leading publications as Architectural Digest, Luxe Magazine, Dwell Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times.

Neither trapped by traditions nor tied to trends, Christopher’s interiors reflect a fine balance of design ideology, effortless function, and personal taste.

Christopher received his Bachelor of Architecture and MBA degrees from Drury University. Born in San Francisco and raised on California’s Central Coast, he brings a synthesis of big-city style and relaxed resort living to his work. Easy elegance and casual sophistication are hallmarks of Christopher’s style.


Jackie Thomas & DeeAnn McCoy

Founders, Thomboy Properties, Inc.

Thomas & McCoy have had a love affair with the desert dating back to the 80’s. In 2005 they bought their first place in the Palmer & Krisel designed Canyon View Estates and began plans to extract themselves from their corporate jobs. They targeted 2010 to make the move to Palm Springs full time.

In 2010, during the worst economic climate in a generation, they stepped away from the safety of their marketing and advertising careers to pursue their passion for mid-century modern architecture and formed Thomboy Properties, Inc. The company’s philosophy is simple: respect the beauty and simplicity of design from the past and re-imagine it for the way people live today. Ensure that work which was authentic then remains authentic now.

Having grown up playing competitive sports at the highest levels, the girls understand how invaluable teamwork is to success. Vision, collaboration, attention to detail and above all else, execution are what make a Thomboy Property.



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Official Pick-Up Locations

Below are the four official pick-up locations for the Modernism Week 2020 VIP Bus Tours. Buses from San Diego, North Hollywood, and Orange County will arrive at the Palm Springs location at 9:45am where the tour will begin.

San Diego Pick Up:

Stone Systems
9279 Cabot Dr – Suite F
San Diego, CA

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North Hollywood Pick Up:

Park & Ride Lot
12000 Oxnard St.
North Hollywood, CA

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Orange County Pick Up:

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen Light
6 Cushing Way – Suite 100
Irvine, CA

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Palm Springs Pick Up + Tour Starting Point @ 9:45am:

Palm Springs Visitor Center
2901 North Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, CA

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