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Rat Pack Playground—Modernist Homes of Vista Las Palmas Historical Walking Tour (Exteriors only)

February 25, 2017 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am |


In this trendy midcentury tract development of Vista Las Palmas, a knowledgeable guide will lead you past the exteriors of these classic homes where the Hollywood elite as well as ordinary folk chose to live. Early advertising even called the area “The Beverly Hills of Palm Springs.” These houses are affectionately nicknamed “Alexanders” in honor of the developers George and Robert Alexander. The talented team of Daniel Palmer and William Krisel were the primary architects. Although created through mass production, these stunning homes appear to be custom-designed. Many Hollywood luminaries embraced the Modernism of these tract homes when this architectural style was regarded as experimental and avant-garde. Debbie Reynolds, Elvis Presley, Kim Novak, Barry Manilow, and “Rat Packers” Dean Martin and Peter Lawford are some of the stars who lived and frolicked in the “playground.” Some of the desert’s most famous Modernist architectural treasures are also located here, including the Richard Neutra masterpiece, the Kaufmann Desert House.

Presented by the Palm Springs Historical Society. pshistoricalsociety.org


February 25, 2017
9:30 am - 11:30 am
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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
Elvis Honeymoon House/House of Tomorrow (rear view). Photo by Gail Thompson, copyright The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn. All rights reserved. Earle Strebe and Debbie Reynolds at Desert Circus circa 1960. Courtesy Palm Springs Historical Society. All rights reserved. Kaufmann Desert House, Richard Neutra, architect, 1947. Photo 2009 by Roger C. Palmer, courtesy Palm Springs Historical Society. All rights reserved.