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Visit the fabulous Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion

A visit to Palm Springs is not complete without a visit to The Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion, located in downtown Palm Springs. Designed by renowned mid-century modern architect E. Stewart Williams, this is the first historic structure in the United States to be transformed into a free-standing architecture and design museum.

Front of the Palm Springs architectural museum

The 13,000 square foot glass and steel building, a classic mid-century international style structure, has been designated as a protected Class 1 Historic Site. It features a ground level glass pavilion space that showcases architecture and design exhibitions, a store, and curatorial offices. Elevated above street level, the pavilion features floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the San Jacinto Mountains and downtown city views.

Purchased by the Palm Springs Art Museum in 2011, it was designed by Williams in 1961 as the Santa Fe Federal Savings and Loan. After changing hands several times, the building received Class 1 Historic Site protective status. The rehabilitation of the classic building was overseen by preeminent Los Angeles architecture firm Marmol Radziner, which is known for the restoration of some of the most famous Palm Springs mid-century homes.

Museum Hours
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission: $5.00

Practical online info
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