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It has been a busy summer in Palm Springs, and we have been selling lots of houses at the Paul Kaplan Group! We are looking forward to a very exciting season in our new offices at 1117 N Palm Canyon Drive. Continuing with my photos of the Palm Springs Class 1 Historic Sites, we are now up to #8 - the Palm Canyon Stone Street Marker on the corner of N Palm Canyon Dr and Chino Dr. If you have parked near Koffi, you have probably noticed this historic street marker. It was designated a Class 1 Historic Site by the Palm Springs City Council on November 7, 1984.

Chino Dr / Palm Canyon Blvd Sign

According to the plaque: This is one of the original street markers used following the incorporation of the City of Palm Springs in 1938. Dr. J. Kocher and Philip Boyd, then secretary of the

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historia Frances Stevens School - Paul Kaplan Group

Now home to the Palm Canyon Theatre, the Frances Stevens School at 538 N Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs was one of the first schoolhouses in the Coachella Valley. The first classrooms were built in 1927. The building was designated a Class 1 Historic Site by the Palm Springs City Council on November 7, 1984.

  We love the theatre at the Paul Kaplan Group, and maybe we will see you at Cats opening on October 2, 2015.     Frances S. Stevens School Plaque     According to the plaque: Prescott T. Stevens, developer of the El Mirador Hotel, donated this site and the funds to build the Frances S. Stevens School, in memory of his wife and her interest in education. The first two rooms were completed in 1927. Katherine Finchy, who arrived in Palm Springs in 1922,…
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the murphy hotel palm springsWell after some searching, I finally figured out why I couldn't find The House of Murphy Hotel at 262 S Palm Canyon Dr in Palm Springs. The property was designated a Class 2 Historic Site by the Palm Springs City Council on October 3, 1984. I didn't realize that a Class 2 Historic Site is no longer extant. According to the City of Palm Springs website, "Class 2 designation is used to recognize a site where a historic building or feature once stood but is no longer present, or to recognize that a historic event occurred at that particular site." Thanks to the internet and eBay, I was able to find an old postcard with an image of the hotel. Currently occupying the site is the Chop House, a steak and seafood restaurant. We do love to eat and shop on eBay at

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Palm Springs Historic Home

Sitting next to each other in the Village Green on South Palm Canyon Drive near Arenas Road in Palm Springs are two of the oldest surviving structures in the area. The Cornelia White House was built in 1893 out of recycled railroad ties taken from the short-lived Palmdale Railroad. Cornelia B. White was a very early pioneer in Palm Springs, and she and her sister purchased this tiny home home from Dr. Welwood Murray in 1913. The McCallum Adobe, which is the oldest remaining building built in Palm Springs, was built in 1884. It has since been restored and moved to its current location. These 19th Century pioneer homes now serve as a home for the Palm Springs Historical Society. The Paul Kaplan Group can help you buy or sell your little house, old

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Palm Springs Vacation Home

Many of our clients at the Paul Kaplan Group are looking for part-time residences that can also be used as vacation rentals. When you are not using the home for your own enjoyment, you can rent out the home to help cover your expenses and even make a profit. Some owners manage the rentals themselves and use vacation rental websites like VRBO and Airbnb, while others go with a local management company. The Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism put out a nice post encouraging visitors to book vacation rentals and explaining the advantages. See the post here. If you are looking for real estate in the Palm Springs area, please let us know.

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The Welwood Murray Memorial Library was designed by architect John Porter Clark, and it opened in 1941 on the corner of South Palm Canyon Drive and East Tahquitz Canyon Way in Palm Springs. The library originally shared space with the Palm Springs Desert Museum (now known as Palm Springs Art Museum). The building was designated a Class 1 Historic Site by the Palm Springs City Council on October 3, 1984. Stop by the library to learn more about the history of Palm Springs and the architects that created this architectural mecca. The Paul Kaplan Group specializes in unique properties and real estate by notable architects.

Palm Springs Library

According to the plaque near the front door of the library: In 1938 George Welwood Murray donated this land to provide for a…
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The Welwood Murray Cemetery is tucked in a corner near the O'Donnell Golf Club and Temple Isaiah at the west end of Chino Drive in Palm Springs. The cemetery is the final resting place of many Palm Springs pioneers including Charles & Virginia Farrell, and one of our favorite mid-century architects Albert Frey. We often drive by this little parcel while showing real estate in Vista Las Palmas and Old Las Palmas.

Albert Frey Grave

The cemetery was designated a Class 1 Historic Site by the Palm Springs City Council on February 6, 1985, and according to the plaque: The Welwood Cemetery was the first community cemetery for non-indian settlers in the Palm Springs area. When Welwood Erskine Murray, the son of pioneer hotel operator Welwood Murray, died in 1894, he was

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In order to preserve historic sites within Palm Springs, the City of Palm Springs has a Historic Preservation ordinance designed to protect and preserve buildings and areas which reflect elements of the history and culture of Palm Springs. We at the Paul Kaplan Group not only sell historic real estate, we also are actively involved with the preservation of architecture in Palm Springs.  We encourage everyone to help protect the buildings that have made Palm Springs an architectural mecca.

Desert Regional Medical Center

As of February 2015, there are almost 100 sites that have been nominated as Class 1 or 2 Historic Sites by the Palm Springs Historic Site Preservation Board. In an effort to bring attention to the current historic sites, I will be posting about these sites in Palm

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