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Palm Springs Holiday

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This is the story of Palm Springs in its golden years, a city that had it all, including marvelous midcentury Modern architecture, fabulous fly-in hotels, and a swinging nightlife. Through vintage photographs, postcards, and other ephemera, Palm Springs Holiday recalls the Palm Springs area from the 1910s through the 1960s, where people vacationed in the desert, dined, danced, and lounged poolside. Features vintage images of the Coachella ...
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Overview

This is the story of Palm Springs in its golden years, a city that had it all, including marvelous midcentury Modern architecture, fabulous fly-in hotels, and a swinging nightlife. Through vintage photographs, postcards, and other ephemera, Palm Springs Holiday recalls the Palm Springs area from the 1910s through the 1960s, where people vacationed in the desert, dined, danced, and lounged poolside. Features vintage images of the Coachella Valley and shots of the area’s famous hotels and gambling dens.
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Sheltered by mountains on every side, the Coachella Valley desert city of Palm Springs seems in some ways an improbable locale for a thriving vacation retreat, but this seemingly remote California outpost became just that in the post–World War II boom. Peter Moruzzi's authoritative Palm Springs Holiday pictorial demonstrates that this winter haven provided much more than off-season sunburns; it also spawned significant post-Bauhaus "Desert Modern" architecture by masters by Albert Frey, Richard Neutra, and others. With its 500 color and black-and-white photographs, this coffee table book qualifies as a portable wonder.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423604761
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 291,185
  • Product dimensions: 8.32 (w) x 10.24 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

An architectural historian by profession, Peter Moruzzi is an acknowledged expert on midcentury Modern architecture and design. He is the founder of the Palm Springs Modern Committee, an internationally recognized historic preservation organization, and the writer/director of Desert Holiday, a documentary film chronicling the history of Palm Springs as seen through vintage postcards. He resides in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles and in Palm Springs.
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This is the story of the Coachella Valley--home of Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, and other desert cities--as experienced by the average tourist who vacationed here from the 1910s through the 1960s. It is the story of a Palm Springs holiday that you or I might have once taken to "America's Foremost Desert Resort."
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

Introduction 8

Early History 11

The Original Hotels 17

Arrival of the Spanish Style 33

The Desert's Gambling Dens 39

The Postwar Tourist Boom 45

Shopping! 65

The Palm Springs Hotel Explosion 75

Desert Dining 95

The Chi Chi and The Doll House 101

Desert Modern 109

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway 121

Going Down Valley 127

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