Mod Squad: Palm Springs Modernism Week Kicks Off

Paraboloid gas stations, futuristic tramway stations, and Liberace’s former home converge at the retro-future desert confab

Tomorrow, Palm Springs Modernism Week (Oct. 11-14) returns with five days of activities for vintage-loving retronauts. Here are suggestions for every kind of fun seeker.

For the Newbie
Ride on a double-decker bus as you tour some of the city’s best known locales.

For the Freewheeler
Cruise through old-school neighborhoods and listen to mini lectures during a bike excursion.

For the Jetsons Fan
Explore the retro-futuristic architecture of Albert Frey, who built the “hyperbolic paraboloid” gas station turned visitor center and the sleek Aerial Tramway Valley Station.

For the Sonic Scenester
Head 40 minutes out of town to the spaced-out sound hut known as the Integratron.

For the Savvy Shopper
Pick up trinkets, vintage furniture, and atomic-age ephemera at the Modernism Yard Sale.

For the Star Seeker
Peep the Deepwell and Vistas Las Palmas enclaves to see the former homes of Elvis, Liberace, and Jerry Lewis.

For the David Hockney Disciple
Peruse aquamarine pools juxtaposed against jagged mountains on the Historic Tennis Club Neighborhood walking tour.