Palm Springs Modern Tours grew out of Robert Imber's love of architecture and his insatiable desire to share that love with anyone who would let him show them the desert's modern marvels. The passion grew naturally into a business, and for over ten years Robert has been doing what he loves most - showing Palm Springs' incredible architecture to visitors and telling them stories that only an avid, irrepressible architecture buff and preservation advocate would know.
Today Palm Springs Modern Tours is the source for the most knowledgeable, in-depth architecture tours in the area. The company has welcomed thousands of tour goers including accomplished architects and architectural historians, working design professionals, artists and art enthusiasts, amateur architecture fans and curious visitors looking for an entertaining, informative introduction to mid-century modern design.
Founder, Owner, Guide, Robert Imber
Robert Imber is a lifelong visitor and ten-year resident of Palm Springs who's been a vocal and active advocate for architectural preservation for more than twenty-five years. He is a Trustee of the California Preservation Foundation (CPF) and was founding member of the Palm Springs Modern Committee (PSMODCOM), where he serves on the Board of Directors and is chairman of the Education Committee. Robert was founder and director of MUSARCH, a museum of architecture in John Lautner’s "Alto Capistrano" in San Juan Capistrano, CA, and is executive producer of the documentary, Desert Utopia: Mid-Century Architecture in Palm Springs. Author, preservationist, historian and ambassador, Robert was recipient of Palm Springs Life Magazine’s “101 Most Influential”; the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism Tourism Partner of the Year; and the 2009 PSMODCOM Preservationist of the Year award. Originally from St. Louis, MO, Robert has served on various boards including the NEWSCHOOL Arts Foundation at the NEWSCHOOL of Architecture and Design, San Diego, CA, and the San Clemente Historical Society, San Clemente, CA.
Guide, Business Manager, Trevor O'Donnell
A lifelong architecture buff and preservation advocate, Trevor apprenticed with Robert Imber extensively before joining the company as a guide. He's a recent full-time resident who’s been a Palm Springs visitor for sixteen years. In 2011 he restored a classic 1958 post and beam house in the Deepwell Estates neighborhood (2012 PSModCom Fall Home Tour) and is now working on a house in Araby Cove, once home to Richard Harrison, one of the area’s most prolific mid-century architects. An internationally known cultural tourism expert, entertainment industry marketing executive and author, Trevor holds degrees from Emerson College and Bowling Green State University. Today Trevor is combining his passion for architecture, his love of Palm Springs and his tourism expertise to help make Palm Springs Modern Tours the ultimate architectural visitor experience in Southern California.
Palm Springs Modern Tours take place in a comfortable, climate-controlled Honda mini-van (with nice big windows) that seats a maximum of seven passengers. No microphones or headsets, just a casual conversation as your personal guide takes the wheel, tours the town and tells the stories.
Palm Springs Modern Tours is licensed by the State of California Public Utilities Commission, License Number: PSG0028675
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