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Borrego Springs Modern was, as always, a successful and fun event, and an exceptional job was done by all parties involved to promote awareness about Borrego Springs' mid-century architectural history and its development.

One home on the tour was the 1958 Givler Residence by Henry Hester.


The weekend began with a welcome reception Friday night at The House of Borrego Springs. Elizabeth Rodriguez, owner of the mid century shop, hosted a welcome to SOHO visitors by commissioning for display photographs, plans, and drawings of the featured homes on the tour.

On Saturday, more than 250 attendees spent a beautiful day touring historic homes designed by some of California's leading mid-century architects. Six homes showcased desert modernism as it evolved in Borrego Springs.

A wonderful buffet dinner and cocktail party at the 1949 Desert Club truly capped the day's event where the walls of glass surrounding the entire ballroom provided a spectacular frame to sweeping mountain and valley views.

Elizabeth Rodriguez John & Eva Gwenn Marie, Stan & Judy Moore

left Jonathan Skow & Elizabeth Rodriguez; middle Newlyweds John Eisenhart & Eva Thorn; right Borrego Spring Chamber of Commerce President, Gwenn Marie, with Stan & Judy Moore.

left Doug & Stacey Paton, Fritz & Clair Liebhardt; right Marilyn & John Waller with Camille Davidson.


Once again SOHO collaborated with our friends the Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce and this year's event brought out more visitors then ever before. The event made a considerable impression on the community as can be seen by the Borrego Sun editorial published here. The editorial shows just exactly why SOHO produces architectural tours in historic communities across the region.

We love being in Borrego; it is the eastern most extension of SOHO's arm. Special thanks must go to Borrego homeowners and SOHO Modcom members Suzanne and Bill Lawrence, and Carmen Pauli and husband Todd Pitman, who chaired the event and whose hard work, from getting the homes to writing the tour booklet, to promotion and more made the entire weekend possible.

All photos Sandé Lollis

2009 - Volume 40, Issue 1

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