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Here's your sneak peek at the wildly popular Palm Springs Modernism Week Fall Preview

Here's your sneak peek at the wildly popular Palm Springs Modernism Week Fall Preview
In addition to the annual Modernism Week held Feb. 16-26, the nonprofit Modernism Week hosts a Fall Preview of events in October. (David A. Lee)

There's good news and bad for architecture fans who flock to Palm Springs each fall for a sneak peek at Modernism Week, the annual blowout celebration of Midcentury Modern design that is held each winter.

The bad news first: Tours of Sunnylands  — the estate in Rancho Mirage at which Walter and Leonore Annenberg entertained heads of state — are sold out during the early preview, which takes place Oct. 21-23. So are tours of Frey House II. Designed by the late Albert Frey, considered a pioneer in Modernist desert architecture, the home is instantly recognizable for incorporating a boulder into its living space.

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But here's the good news: There's still plenty to see ahead of the larger and longer Modernism Week in February.

There are still tickets for the Modernism Show and Sale, as well as tours of crooner Frank Sinatra's former estate, double-decker bus tours, neighborhood walking tours and designer Christopher Kennedy's Palm Springs Pad: Modernism Week Idea Home, showcasing desert modern design for a new generation.

And if you want to go to Modernism Week 2017 held Feb. 16-26 — and have a shot at seeing Sunnylands and Frey House II — you'll want to plan ahead: Tickets go on sale at noon PST Nov. 1.

A double decker bus tour drives pas the Del Marcos hotel in Palm Springs.
A double decker bus tour drives pas the Del Marcos hotel in Palm Springs. (David A. Lee)

For more information on both events: www.modernismweek.com

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