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Frank Sinatra’s Neighborhood—The Movie Colony Historical Walking Tour (Exteriors only)

February 24, 2017 | 9:30 am - 12:00 pm |


In the tranquil and elegant neighborhood of the Movie Colony lived some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, such as Cary Grant, Dinah Shore, Van Johnson, Tony Curtis, Gloria Swanson and Jack Benny. With the luxurious El Mirador as its centerpiece, the Movie Colony was developed in the 1930s and 1940s. Frank Sinatra made it “his” neighborhood in the 1950s when his home, known as “Twin Palms,” became “party central.” One of the celebrity estates here was called the “Desert Royal Palace” because so many Europeans with royal titles and Hollywood elite were houseguests. A well-informed guide will lead you by the exteriors of these celebrity homes and unique houses designed by some of our most renowned Modernist architects, including E. Stewart Williams, William Cody and Donald Wexler. You will also stroll by iconic architecture of the Spanish Colonial Revival style as well as the Midcentury Modern style. This historic and prestigious neighborhood provides a visual feast of unique architecture and Hollywood Royalty residences.

Presented by the Palm Springs Historical Society. pshistoricalsociety.org


February 24, 2017
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Additional Information

12 and older
Things to Know
Please wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and hats and bring water. Please, no pets. (service dogs welcome). All tour duration times are approximate.
Photography Credits
Frank Sinatra home, "Twin Palms," E. Stewart Williams, architect, 1947. Courtesy Palm Springs Historical Society. All rights reserved. Pool party at the home of film mogul Darryl F. Zanuck circa 1930. Courtesy Palm Springs Historical Society. All rights reserved. Gloria Swanson interviewed by Alyce Walker at Palm Springs radio station KWXY circa 1960. Courtesy Palm Springs Historical Society. All rights reserved.