The Cornelia White House was built of railroad ties in 1893 and is part of the Palm Springs Historical Society. Displays include Miss Cornelia's bible collection and the first telephone in Palm Springs. It too is located in the Village Green Heritage Center.
The McCallum Adobe was built for John and Emily McCallum, the first white settlers in the area in 1885. It is the oldest remaining building in Palm Springs. The building was moved to this spot in the 1950s and the land was donated to the city of Palm Springs with the provision that the building was preserved as a museum. The building is also the headquarters for the Palm Springs Historical Society.
This pole, which says "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in 13 different languages (including Cahuilla), is one of 200,000 located in different parts of the world promoting peace and understanding around the world. This one is located at the Village Green Heritage Center in Palm Springs.
This is the Palm Springs City Hall and it is located across the street from the Riverside County Courthouse Annex. It has a nice statue out front and a couple of historical markers.
Looks prettier than the annex too.
Palm Springs is not the county seat of Riverside County but it does have a Riverside County Courthouse Annex. The annex is not actually that old nor that interesting architecturally; but I photographed it for my courthouse collection.
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Their is a look nook of a shoping area off the main street, there are lots of these little mall areas. This one is called Henry Frank Arcade.
You will see this wooded sign that says FREE Historic Sight Sign, so follow it and it will take you towards the front of Siddhi Tree Jewelry. Here you will see another wooded sign and this pipe, which if you view it through it at a certain time you are suppose to see a shadow that looks like President Abraham Lincoln on the mountain. Not sure if it is true, but it looks like fun if your in this area during sundown.
Best time to view is at sundown.
The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies is a world-famous, Broadway-caliber celebration of the music, dance, and comedy of the 30's and 40's, with a cast old enough to have lived it. Playing from October 30, 2007 through May 17, 2008 is our all-new 17th edition entitled Tin Pan Alley.
The Follies has proven, beyond a doubt, Billie Burke's (a.k.a. Mrs. Florenz Ziegfeld and a star in her own right) famous quote, "Age doesn't matter unless you're a cheese." We pledge to remain true to the spirit of the 20's, 30's, 40's and promise to provide a world-class entertainment experience at every performance!
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This is one of the best street festivals around with music, local handicrafts, toys, soaps, etc. And lest I forget, there's food galore: from gyros to fresh kettle corn, refreshing lemonade to fajitas to everything you could possibly want. A lot of the shops on Palm Canyon Drive are also open for business. EVERY THURSDAY ONLY From October to May, the festival is open from 6pm to 10pm and from June to September, it's open from 7pm to 10pm. Leashed dogs are welcome to come to this festival too. Challenge is in finding street parking but since the festival is open late, you're sure to find one.
While you are walking in downtown Palm Springs, take a look at the sidewalk. There you will see a series of 320 Golden Palm Stars embedded on the sidewalks. There is a Board of Directors that oversees this project. "Honorees must have, by their presence in the area, contributed to the charm, worldwide prominence and name recognition of Greater Palm Springs." See how many of these honorees you recognize. Marilyn Monroe is near the Starbucks on the 100 block of S. Palm Canyon.
Before Modernism took hold in Palm Springs, the town was noted for the Spanish Revival architecture of many buildings. La Plaza was a center of it all. La Plaza was the first outdoor oriented shopping center in the US, built back in 1935. Trendy shops have moved to bigger stores in the area, but La Plaza still stands in the heart of downtown. The building style, stucco wall, tile roofs and large paving stones, has evolved and become ubiquitous throughout much of California and the Southwest.
This unique little motel set the tone for post-war modern motels. The motel is open for business, but you can also just drive by and have a look at the imaginative and quirky design, including a cool sign out front and odd shaped main entrance door.
This should be the first stop for anyone going to Palm Springs for the first time. It is an architectural landmark worthy of a visit in itself, but also serves as the Palm Springs Visitors Center, where you can get all kinds of information about the area, as well as souvenirs (a good selection of Modernism books, vintage era postcards, etc.) The helpful staff can tell you about other things to do besides look at architecture too, just as in any other city's visitor center. You'll see it as you come into town from the north on 111.
The station was designed by Albert Frey and Robson C. Chambers and built in 1965, leaders on the mid century architectural movement. Thankfully, when the station no longer served its original purpose as a gas station, it was preserved and now serves as an icon of design and architecture.
Of the many Palm Springs homes of the Modernism movement, this is probably the most well know and photographed. Quite likely because it was the honeymoon hideaway of Elvis. Today you can tour the home (for a fee - see the web link below) or just drive by and see it for yourself from the street. It's located on a quiet cul-de-sac in the Las Palmas Estates neighborhood near downtown Palm Springs.
This house is quite unique, not just for it's celebrity story, but the design. You'll not see another like it.
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