Architectural ride-bys

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Houses of Palm Springs #8 (last one!).

I’m in glorious Palm Springs for Modernism Week, where I’m part of the PS Mod Squad, taking photos and spreading love via Instagram. This morning, I grabbed one of the powder blue beach cruisers from the Saguaro (where I’m staying) and rolled out on a rambling, random route through the nearby neighborhoods, searching for houses that struck my fancy. Here are eight of my favorites.

While I was riding, I realized that the speed of a beach cruiser—quite specifically; the heaviness of the frame slows you down—is just about perfect for viewing residential architecture in the desert. Walking wouldn’t have allowed me to cover as much ground; driving wouldn’t have allowed me to notice all the amazing details in front of each home.

Of course, not so ideal in the summer when it’s 114.

The best way to see architecture in Palm Springs is from the seat of a bike.

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