Bike Tour: The Doors of Palm Springs

Hop on a bike and wend past fabulous entrances. It's all happening during Modernism Week.

SO MANY ARCHITECTURE TOURS... are about the whole building, from a structure's sleek roof line to the way a walkway wends along the drive. This is a smart approach, of course, especially when a building buff wants to better understand how all of the disparate parts work in stylish symphony (and, of course, efficient and sensible living). But sometimes an architecture aficionado wants to simply put the focus on one distinctive element of a house, say, the swimming pool (if it goes well beyond the classic kidney bean shape) or the kitchen (forever an obsession for many fans of domestic design). And devotees of doors, as in front doors, as in the first thing a visitor will likely notice and then pass through, once it is opened, of course, are in for a treat during Modernism Week. Why? Several of the most mostest doors around the Indian Canyons neighborhood of Palm Springs will get the look-at-it love over a few special tours. That's right, this is a full-on...

FRONT DOOR EVENT, one that's presented by Dunn-Edwards Paints. There are a couple of dates to consider — Feb. 19 and 26, 2017 — and a few tour times to sign up for (in case you're super-busy with the seemingly endless parade of other Modernism Week to-dos). Palm Springs Style is the curator of the $20 tour, a tour that involves going it on your own, on a self-guided adventure, on a bicycle. If you need to rent a bike, you can, separately, at The Saguaro Palm Springs. And if you need to know more about the fabulous and colorful mid-century doors, docents'll be available, along the way, to chat with you and fill you in on door shape, hue, and how an entrance serves as the centerpoint for the entire structural shebang. A front door is a specialized passion for many design and architecture followers, but rarely does one have the chance to fully indulge in amour d'entrance. You can, during Modernism Week, by bike no less. Get pedaling, get admiring, and get dreaming about your own front door, back at home.

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