Structure Type: built works - exhibition buildings - museums

Designers: Williams, E.Stewart, Architect (firm); Emerson Stewart Williams (architect)

Dates: [unspecified]

101 Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262-5659

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tel: 760.325.7186 (2007). In 1976, this museum viewed focused on the Art, Natural Science and Performing Arts of the Coachella Valley. A 440-seat performing arts theatre was included in the museum, made possible by a grant from TV Guide's founder and art collector, Walter Annenberg.

The first building phase finished in 1976; a wing was built in 1982 to houses the Denney Western American Art Wing; the collecting of Western Art became a fourth focus of the Palm Springs Desert Museum at this time. The museum also added a new administration center, the Marks Administration Building in 1982. The "Steve Chase Art Wing and Education Center," was completed 1990-1996 by an elderly E. Stewart Williams. Steven Chase, a designer and art collector, donated a $1.5 million endowment and 132 works of art to fill the 25,000-square-foot addition. This addition also contained a new gallery mezzanine, a terrace for sculpture, four classrooms, two art storage vaults and a 90-seat lecture hall.

PCAD id: 7575