Palm Springs has no shortage of architecturally famed buildings. From Albert Frey’s docked-in-a-boulder masterpiece to the sprawling Sunnylands Estate, iconic design is in the desert city’s DNA. So when Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield of Woodson & Rummerfield were in need of a destination to host a Modernism Week event in honor of their organization, Save Iconic Architecture, in conjunction with DECASO, it needed to be one that would seriously stun.
Their final selection, the Dinah Shores Estate did just that. A sprawling, 6-bedroom estate bedecked with floor-to-ceiling windows and situated on an ultra-green landscape dotted with palms and turquoise jewel of a pool, the Estate effortlessly hosted more than a hundred guests on the evening of February 16th.
Deemed the Night of Preservation, the event was modeled after an elaborate Old Hollywood cocktail party, complete with colorful passed appetizers like cucumber gazpacho and not-your-average carnitas and chips. Guests sipped on sunset-hued cocktails and were treated to classic piano tunes as the sun sunk behind the cinematic San Jacintos that border the estate. In the spirit of SIA, Woodson and Rummerfield also presented Dinah Shores Estate member, Kip Serafin, with an award recognizing the Estate’s outstanding preservation efforts.
For DECASO president, Kendra Frisbie, the evening was an intersection of the many talented groups that power DECASO, including interior designers, architects, and industry influencers. In addition to an array of designers and industry tastemakers like ELLE Decor Interiors Editor, Robert Rufino, the event’s attendees also included DECASO dealers, including Kirk Albert, Micah Heimlich of UNHEIM and Susan Wheeler of Susan Wheeler Home. View all of the evening’s highlights below.
All photos by Amy Graves