The Modern Architecture of Hugh Michael Kaptur
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The Modern Architecture of Hugh Michael Kaptur, by architectural historian and PSPF board member Steven Keylon, explores the life and many-faceted career of Palm Springs architect Hugh M. Kaptur. Kaptur, the last remaining architect of the legendary school of Palm Springs Modern architects, began his career working as a designer at General Motors in Detroit, before arriving in Palm Springs in 1956, just as the first wave of modernist design was taking off. He worked first with architect Donald Wexler before launching his own career. This 152-page book showcases the major themes in Kaptur’s work, from early post-and-beam Desert Modern; his bold organic sculptural architecture; his exploration of Brutalism, and designs utilizing strong geometric forms. Designed by graphic artist Gary Wexler, the book is lavishly illustrated with drawings from the Palm Springs Art Museum, Architecture and Design Center archives, as well as never before seen photos and renderings from Kaptur’s own personal archives.