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Boom Town: The Story of Uptown Palm Springs

February 23, 2018 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am |


Follow the footsteps of desert dreamers from 1925 to the present. Along the way learn about three “boom” periods: pre-WWII, postwar, and today.

Originally called the Las Palmas Business District, currently the area is known as the “Uptown Design District” for the dozens of boutiques and galleries clustered along this stretch of Palm Canyon Drive.

Hear about the movers-and-shakers who built the city from a remote desert outpost into a world-class resort, and the Hollywood celebrities who made this town their favorite getaway. Explore the architecture that is such an important part of the city’s unique sense of place – from Mission and Spanish Colonial Revival to Midcentury Modern. Stops include some of the town’s earliest resort hotels, which to this day reflect the relaxing and glamorous atmosphere Palm Springs is known for.

Presented by the Palm Springs Historical Society.


February 23, 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
Park and check-in in the large parking lot at the corner of Alejo and Belardo behind "Shops at The Corridor." (Shops at The Corridor is located at 515 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262.) Look for the yellow umbrella.
Photography Credits
Casa Palmeras designed by Paul R. Williams in 1926. Courtesy Palm Springs Historical Society. All rights reserved., El Paseo Building circa 1929. Courtesy Palm Springs Historical Society. All rights reserved., Kocher-Samson Building designed by Albert Frey and A. Lawrence Kocher in 1934. Courtesy Palm Springs Historical Society. All rights reserved.