• Modernism Tour: Sunnylands Estate

    If you’re in or near Palm Springs and in the mood for all things Modern, be sure to try for reservations to tour the Annenberg estate, Sunnylands, in Rancho Mirage. Also famous as “Camp David West,” the beautiful pink-roofed house was designed for Ambassador Annenberg and his wife Leonore by A. Quincy Jones, completed in 1966, and declared a historic site in 1990. A $60-million renovation was recently completed, including earthquake proofing and environmentally friendly power and water retrofitting. The house interiors — all 25,000 square feet — have been kept pristinely intact and exude their original elegance. The magnificent collection of Post-Impressionist pictures now resides at the Met, but photo-reproductions preserve the original atmosphere.

    Public tours are now available (when there’s not a retreat for heavy-duty politicos in session), but tickets for a tour of the residence are extremely tough to snag: they’re issued on a first-come, first served basis on the 1st and 15th of each month, and sell out immediately. You can, however, always visit the beautiful new Frederick Fisher-designed visitor center (with newly landscaped gardens) during regular visiting hours, sans ticket.

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