This book collects more than two hundred fascinating and rarely seen historical photographs of Palm Springs, newly digitized from the Palm Springs Historical Society's expansive archive. Featured are many Hollywood celebrities, including Sinatra and the Rat Pack, who vacationed there, the early days of the desert paradise, various architectural masterworks, such as the fabulous El Mirador Hotel and the extraordinary, outrageous, and irreverent people of Palm Springs.
|Publisher:||Smith, Gibbs Publisher|
|Product dimensions:||8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.80(d)|
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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Early Palm Springs
Palm Springs is the ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, who lived in the Coachella Valley for centuries before white people began colonizing the area to grow crops in the late nineteenth century. Floods and drought quashed that experiment.
The area was next promoted as a tubercular sanatorium, but that was not to be Palm Springs’ destiny. Through toil and grit, the early pioneersmostly sturdy womenforged a Shangri-la out of a failed agricultural colony and middling hospice. The transformation of Palm Springs into a winter playground was astonishingly rapid. By 1925, automobiles from Los Angelesand the transcontinental railroad from the Midwest and Eastfilled the village with tourists. Palm Springs also attracted its share of artists, photographers, and sun-baked eccentrics, who chose the desert for inspiration.
Table of Contents
Early Palm Springs 8
The Thirties and Forties 24
The Fabulous El Mirador 34
Architectural Masterworks 48
Unique Architecture 72
Having Fun! 96
Palm Springs Crazy! 128
The Rat Pack 166