Join the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation to celebrate the official unveiling of The Cole Hotel (formerly the Bahama Hotel) which recently underwent a sympathetic rehabilitation by new owner Mark Weis with the help of general manager Eric Martinez. Constructed in 1959, the building was designed by San Clemente draftsman Raymond Devore and the hotel’s impressive stonework was done by mason John Francis Gallerani. Curiously, in the January 22, 1959 issue of the Desert Sun newspaper, architect Hugh Kaptur is credited as having designed the hotel’s “exterior décor.” Kaptur, however, disputes the attribution by the newspaper recalling his involvement with the project as “minimal.” Interestingly, despite the passage of time, to this day Kaptur vividly recalls his disappointment at not being awarded the design work even though the project was commissioned by his aunt-in-law! Tourgoers will be treated to at least four different room types colorfully decorated in the “Palm Springs style” courtesy of talented local design firm H3K, while enjoying light hors d’oeuvres and refreshing “Cole Coolers.” Hugh Kaptur is scheduled to attend and a portion of the proceeds of this event will benefit the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation. This event is generously sponsored by the Cole Hotel and H3K Design.
The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to educate and promote public awareness of the importance of preserving the historical resources and architecture of the city of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley area.” PSPF offers free membership as a public benefit. To learn more about the work of the foundation see www.pspreservationfoundation.org.
Things to Know
No children or pets and no smoking please.
Interior photography is permitted for personal use.
This event is for ages 21 and older.
There are some exterior and/or interior steps.
The organizer of this event is Palm Springs Preservation Foundation.
Event Check-in Location
The Cole Hotel, 2323 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Photo Credits: Cole Hotel, Don Buell Donevon Studios, H3K
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