Modernism Week Surprise: Palm Springs Preparing Architecture Center

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Rendering of the future museum (Palm Springs Art Museum)

Rendering of the future museum (Palm Springs Art Museum)

Last weekend at Palm Springs Modernism Week we stumbled upon a treasure for architecture fans. The Palm Springs Art Museum is renovating E. Stewart Williams’ 1960 Santa Fe Federal Savings and Loan building, turning it into the future home of the Edward Harris Center for Architecture and Design. Williams’ International Style bank, featuring floating slabs, floor to ceiling glazing, and ultra thin columns, will contain exhibit space, public program areas, offices, an archival study center and a museum store (located in the former bank vault). On its lower level it will contain a 2,700 square foot area for the museum’s collection. The center is scheduled to open in Fall 2013, says the museum. We can’t wait! Historic pictures and renderings of the future space after the jump.

Drawing of the original bank space (Palm Springs Art Museum)

Drawing of the original bank space (Palm Springs Art Museum)

(courtesy Palm Springs Art Museum)

(courtesy Palm Springs Art Museum)

(courtesy Palm Springs Art Museum)

(courtesy Palm Springs Art Museum)

Historic photograph of the bank building (Palm Springs Art Museum)

Historic photograph of the bank building (Palm Springs Art Museum)

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