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Heart of the City

Discover how a tiny agricultural settlement became a world-renowned getaway for the rich and famous. $35 (2 hrs)
Category: -Tickets Still Available, @Palm Springs, Tour (Exterior), Tour (Neighborhood), Tour (Walking), Palm Springs Historical Society

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Walk through the heart of downtown in a new light as you learn about the forward thinking women who built this town and the midcentury architects whose modernist vision launched this alluring oasis. See historic buildings from our past meld with the emerging future. Visit the two oldest structures in Palm Springs, the McCallum Adobe (1884) and the Cornelia White House (1893). Stroll through La Plaza, the first multi-use shopping center in the nation when it debuted in 1936. See the Oasis Hotel tower designed in 1924 by Lloyd Wright, son of Frank Lloyd Wright, the precursor to the midcentury movement to follow.


Things to Know

  • Tour duration: 2 hours.
  • This tour will view EXTERIORS ONLY led by a docent.
  • Free parking behind The McCallum Adobe.
  • Please wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen, hats, and bring water.
  • Please no pets; service dogs welcome.
  • All tour duration times are approximate.
  • This event is organized by the Palm Springs Historical Society.

Event Check-in Location

This event occurs in Palm Springs. The event address will be printed on the ticket.


Photo Credits: La Plaza Theatre. Oasis Tower Photo by Stephen H. Willard. Welwood Murray Memorial Library. © 2018 Palm Springs Historical Society All Rights Reserved. 

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