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.
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 Springs.
The first site to be nominated by the Palm Springs Historic Preservation Board and designated by the Palm Springs City Council on June 27, 1984 is the El Mirador Hotel Tower at 1150 N Indian Canyon Drive in Palm Springs.
According to the plaque on the north side of the tower: The El Mirador Hotel opened in Palm Springs in 1928, and it was on of the most fashionable resorts of its day, catering to movie stars and captains of industry. When the U.S. entered World War II in 1941, the hotel was purchased by the federal government and converted to the Torney General Hospital. The hotel closed permanently in 1973, and the Desert Hospital was built where the hotel once stood. The main hotel building and the tower remained standing, however, until it was destroyed by fire in July of 1989. The accurate reconstruction was completed in May 1991.
Next on the list of the Palm Springs Historic Site Preservation Board Historic Sites is the Welwood Murray Cemetery.
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