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north shore disrepair"The term Post- Modernism caught on as a name for all developments since the general exhaustion of Modernism itself…it told you where you were leaving without committing you to any particular destination.”
-Tom Wolfe, From Bauhaus to Our House, 1981

The nature of fashion is to change. The sleek, angular Modernist forms that defined cool confidence and innovative expression to one generation looked simplistic, devoid of respect for heritage or downright ugly to another. The rise of Palm Springs as a retirement destination and year round community that began in the 1970's brought residents and visitors with new sensibilities to the region. The Spanish heritage of California was an ever present design influence that gained ground with builders, consumers and planners. The Modern buildings sometimes found themselves targeted for destruction or redevelopment, but a steep economic downturn from the late 1970’s through the 1980’s limited investment and speculative capital flowing into Palm Springs and left many of the Modern treasures neglected, a neglect that may have saved them from razing and redevelopment had the resources been there to claim them.


aerial view 60's suburban scape
Give the People What You Want

spanish colonial
Spanish Envy and Hard Times

biltmore hotel after demolition
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Pride and Joy:
Civic and Commercial Designs