Palm Springs Art Museum to create an architecture and design center
The Palm Springs Art Museum in the Palm Springs Desert region of California has tapped Los Angeles-based Marmol+Radziner Architects to create an architecture and design space for the museum by restoring a midcentury building nearby that was designed by E. Stewart Williams.
When completed ‘the museum will be one of the few dedicated spaces for design and architecture in the country’, Leo Marmol told the Los Angeles Times. Bob Bogard, a museum spokesperson, told The Times ‘The challenge will be to update the technical aspects of the building- lighting, security, fire suppression, heating and cooling - while maintaining the character of the building’, a 1960s glass walled pavilion in downtown Palm Springs that originally housed the Santa Fe Federal Savings and Loan.
The new facility, which is slated to open in fall 2013 in conjunction with the museum’s 75th anniversary, will be called the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Edward’s Harris Center for Architecture and Design. Mrs. Harris is a preservationist involved with the California Preservation Foundation and an avid fan of midcentury architecture and design. She and her former husband owned the famed Kauffman House a Richard Neutra landmark in Palm Springs, which was restored by Marmol+ Radziner in the mid-1990s.