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Robert Imber
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  There really is only one Mr. Palm Springs
Robert Imber is a lifelong visitor and
ten-year resident of Palm Springs. He has been an advocate for architectural preservation for more than twenty-five years, and operates Palm Springs Modern Tours which provides daily educational tours of Palm Springs desert modern architecture for year-round visitors and in-depth group excursions for students, professional associations, museums, etc.

Originally from St. Louis, MO, education continued at San Fernando Valley State College (now California State University, Northridge) and Antioch Graduate School of Education. He 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.  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.

For the CPF, Robert served on the 2009 Palm Springs Conference Steering Committee as co-chair for tours and bookstore and was founder and director of MUSARCH, a museum of architecture in John Lautner’s Alto Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano, CA. Imber is executive producer of the documentary, Desert Utopia: mid-century architecture in Palm Springs and among other writing collaborated on Palm Springs Style (Assouline Press). He was recipient of the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism 2008 Tourism Partner of the Year, Palm Springs Life Magazine’s “101 Most Influential” and the 2009 PSMODCOM Preservationist of the Year award. Robert can be reached at or 760-318-6118.

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