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Rat Pack Playground – Modernist Homes in Vista Las Palmas

February 25, 2018 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am |


In this trendy midcentury tract development of Vista Las Palmas, the classic homes are affectionately nicknamed “The 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.

The Hollywood elite truly embraced the Modernism of these tract homes when this architectural style was regarded as experimental and avant-garde. Early advertising even called the area the “Beverly Hills of Palm Springs.” Debbie Reynolds, Elvis Presley, Kim Novak, Barry Manilow, and the “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 in this neighborhood including the Kaufmann House, an architectural masterpiece designed by Richard Neutra.

Presented by the Palm Springs Historical Society.


February 25, 2018
9:30 am - 11:30 am
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Check-in location printed on ticket.
Palm Springs, CA 92264 United States

Additional Information

12 and older
Things to Know
Wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen and hats and bring water. Please, no pets (service dogs welcome). All tour duration times are approximate.
Special Parking Instructions
Free unlimited parking on the street.
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, President of Desert Circus, and Debbie Reynolds circa 1960. Courtesy Palm Springs Historical Society. All rights reserved., Kaufmann Desert House, Richard Neutra, architect, 1947. Photo by Roger Palmer courtesy Palm Springs Historical Society. All rights reserved.