Palm Springs Has a World Class Reputation for its Mid-Century Modern Architecture.  Orgins revolve around the Aesthetics and Concept of the German Bauhaus and is Shown in the Work of Albery Frey (He Designed the Palm Springs City Hall, Aerial Tram (Cable Car) Station, Movie Colony Hotel and Airport), David Wexler, Richard Neutra, E. Stewart Williams and Others.

A Home Developer, Alexander Homes, popularized this Post-and-Beam Architectural Style in the Coachella Valley. Alexander Houses and Simiilar Homes feature Low-Pitched Roofs, Wide Eaves, Open-Beamed Ceilings, and Flloor-to-Ceiling Windows. Restoration Projects are now being undertaken to Return these Homes and Businesses to their Original Condition. 

While there are several glossy coffee table books on Palm Springs homes, such as Palm Springs Weekend and Palm Springs Modern, there is also a Map giving a Self-Drive Tour of the Most Notable Buildings in the City produced by the Palm Springs Modern Committee ( which is available from the Tourist Office and the Bookstore on Palm Canyon.

Here's a useful online map that shows you just a few of the cool places in Palm Springs.

From the Palm Springs Modern Committee's website ...

"In the middle years of the 20th century the mountains and desert sands of the Coachella Valley inspired an aesthetic that would become known as Desert Modernism. Notable for its use of glass, clean lines, natural and manmade materials, and indoor/outdoor spaces, Desert Modernism defined a lifestyle of elegant informality. The Desert Modern style grew out of local and visiting architects' desire to adapt modern materials, techniques and floor plans to the unique requirements of desert living. The talented designers created modern structures of every size and function: residential, commercial, civic, religious, and institutional. Remarkably, much of this historic legacy exists today to be appreciated by future generations."