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.
|Publisher:||Smith, Gibbs Publisher|
|Product dimensions:||8.32(w) x 10.24(h) x 0.85(d)|
|Age Range:||16 Years|
About the Author
Peter Moruzzi graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and later attended the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. In 1999, he founded the Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS ModCom), an architectural preservation group. He is the author of Palm Springs Holiday, Palm Springs Paradise, and Havana Before Castro.
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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."
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments 7
Early History 11
The Original Hotels 17
Arrival of the Spanish Style 33
The Desert's Gambling Dens 39
The Postwar Tourist Boom 45
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