Group relaxing mid-tour at Arrive Hotel (Chris Pardo, Architect)
Why PS Architecture Tours?
Trevor is a passionate, experienced and engaging architecture enthusiast and designer who loves sharing his deep knowledge of Palm Springs architecture and history with visitors from all over the world. He earned rave reviews guiding tours with legendary modernism guru Robert Imber, who has since retired. Now Trevor runs a new company with a fresh contemporary focus and a broader range of professional services. 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.
Why do you take summers off?
Palm Springs is increasingly a year-round destination, but summers are hot and getting hotter. Daytime high temperatures typically reach 105 to 115 f. (40 to 46 c.) from June through September, and can spike as high as 124 f. (50 c.). As an outdoor enthusiast, I seek cooler, wetter climes for boating, biking, hiking, etc.
Where does the tour meet?
Beginning in October, tours will meet at a new, convenient, central location in Palm Springs. This new location will be announced in August.
What is the price?
The price for the popular daily scheduled tour is $95 per person, payable by cash, Visa or MasterCard.
Private tours start at $475 and usually involve additional fees for interior access. (All the iconic modernist homes worth seeing inside are privately owned and require appointments. Owners typically charge fees for cleaning, security and preservation.)
Rates for group tours and step-on services vary.
What vehicle do you use?
We tour in a clean, roomy, comfortable Honda minivan with leather seats, large windows and ample air conditioning. No microphones or loudspeakers; just a friendly, personal conversation with five or six guests.
Are you licensed?
PS Architecture Tours is licensed by the State of California Public Utilities Commission, License #PSG0033873. No matter which company you choose, make sure your guide has a license. Click HERE to visit the California PUC to make sure you are protected by the state's rigorous safety requirements.
Is the tour appropriate for children?
In general, the answer is no. The tour 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, and a private tour can be modified for families, but the daily scheduled tour is recommended for mid teens and up.