Group relaxing mid-tour at Arrive Hotel (Chris Pardo, Architect)
Why PS Architecture Tours?
Trevor is a passionate, experienced and engaging architecture enthusiast who loves sharing his deep knowledge of Palm Springs architecture and history with visitors from all over the world. If you're looking for a friendly, informative and accommodating tour professional who can help you get the most out of your Palm Springs visit, you've come to the right place. For candid input from other tour guests, please see Trevor's reviews on Tripadvisor.
Where does the tour meet?
Tours meet at the iconic 1965 Tramway Gas Station, now the official Palm Springs Visitor Center, 2901 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262. Pictured on this website's homepage, the Albert Frey-designed building is a Palm Springs landmark.
What is the price?
The price for the popular daily scheduled tour is $110 per person, payable by cash, Visa or MasterCard. Rates for custom group tours, bicycle tours and step-on services vary.
Can you put me on a waiting list?
I would love to be able to maintain waiting lists, but as a sole proprietor, I don't have the administrative capacity. Lists grow very long during the high season and by the time last-minute openings arise, most hopefuls have made other plans. If tours are sold out for the dates you prefer, the best way to stand by for last-minute openings is to contact me two days before your desired date through the reservations page on this website. Otherwise, all unfilled vacancies will be posted on the "High Season Availability Update" area above the reservations form.
What vehicle do you use?
We tour in a comfortable Honda Odyssey minivan. No microphones or loudspeakers; just a friendly, personal conversation with no more than 5 fellow enthusiasts.
Do We Go Inside?
All of the iconic architectural homes worth seeing inside are privately owned and not open to the public. Visiting Palm Springs' A-list homes requires appointments with owners who charge substantial fees for cleaning, security and preservation. While I can arrange custom tours that include home interiors, the daily scheduled tour is designed to give visitors an affordable, enriching, entertaining experience that offers a comprehensive introduction to Palm Springs history and architecture.
The best way to see inside the best homes and buildings is to visit during Modernism Week.
Is the tour appropriate for children?
This tour is not recommended for children. It is designed for curious adult learners and, as such, contains somewhat scholarly content regarding the history of modernist architecture and design. Kids with strong personal interest in architecture may find it fascinating, but the daily tour is recommended for mid teens and up.