Modernism Week: Sneak Inside Palm Springs’ Future Architecture and Design Center

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
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Exterior of E. Stewart Williams' Santa Fe Savings and Loan, future home of the Palm Springs Architecture and Design Center (Julius Shulman)

Exterior of E. Stewart Williams’ Santa Fe Savings and Loan, future home of the Palm Springs Architecture and Design Center (Julius Shulman)

Another weekend, another Modernism Week. One of our favorites: a look inside the Palm Springs Art Museum’s future Architecture and Design Center, located inside E. Stewart Williams’ sleek Santa Fe Federal Savings & Loan (1960). The International Style building is being renovated by Marmol Radziner, who also worked on Richard Neutra’s nearby Kaufmann House. The museum has already raised more than $4 million to buy and renovate the building, and is now just $1 million shy of what’s needed to get work underway. The organizers hope to break ground in the next few months and open the center by fall 2014. But for now, its interior is still lots of quirky fun, including a chance to walk inside the old bank vaults, check out the old drive through teller, and explore the old kitchens and mechanical systems.

Original E. Stewart Williams wall clock (Sam Lubell)

Original E. Stewart Williams wall clock (Sam Lubell / AN)

Inside the first floor's future exhibition space. (Sam Lubell)

Inside the first floor’s future exhibition space. (Sam Lubell / AN)

The bank's basement contained community recreation facility's like shuffleboard. (Sam Lubell)

The bank’s basement contained community recreation facility’s like shuffleboard. Soon it will contain the museum’s meeting spaces, storage spaces, kitchens and bathrooms. (Sam Lubell / AN)

Inside one of the basement mechanical rooms. (Sam Lubell)

Inside one of the basement mechanical rooms. (Sam Lubell / AN)

The building will keep its original drive through teller window. (Sam Lubell)

The building will keep its original drive through teller window. (Sam Lubell / AN)

The kitchen will maintain this 60's era stove, which flips down for easy use. (Sam Lubell)

The kitchen will maintain this 60′s era stove, which flips down for easy use. (Sam Lubell / AN)

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