Settled on the sheer mountainside, the expansive terrace of the O’Donnell House seems to float above the desert floor. Ojo Del Desierto, or Eye of the Desert, was built in 1925 for wealthy oil-magnate Thomas O’Donnell by famed hotelier Nellie Coffman of the Desert Inn.
One of the oldest extant buildings in Palm Springs, the house was incredibly modern for its time. Meticulously restored, the O’Donnell House and grounds feature original and rare art tile floors and bathroom tiles hand manufactured by Batchelder, Malibu, Taylor, S&S and Gladding McBean. The wrought-iron gates and grilles were famous for their intricacy and craftsmanship. The house boasts redwood ceilings, antique furnishings, and gorgeous period appointments, not to be missed by any architecture buff. The exquisite view from the terrace and gardens of the desert below is unparalleled.
Explore and discover this Palm Springs landmark, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, on a self-guided one-hour tour. Guests arrive at the entrance to the O’Donnell Golf course and are shuttled up the mountainside to the unrivaled views above. Ticket purchase includes a 1-year individual membership (value $50.00) or if two family tickets, a Family Membership (value $75.00) to the Palm Springs Historical Society. All proceeds from this tour benefit the Palm Springs Historical Society and The Aluminaire House Foundation. pshistoricalsociety.org aluminaire.org
Things to Know
This event is for ages 12 and up.
Golf carts will shuttle guests up to, and back from, the residence.
Please note time on your ticket for shuttle departures.
Shuttles leave from the entrance to the O'Donnell Golf Club, the northwest corner of the North Parking Lot at the Palm Springs Art Museum
Docents will collect email name/address/email for ticket buyers who desire Historic Society membership, included in the price of the ticket.
Ample free public parking is available in the public garage across from Palm Springs Art Museum.
Handicap parking available.
Some dwellings have exterior or interior steps.
The organizer of this event is O'Donnell House/Aluminaire.
Event Check-in Location
The Historic O'Donnell House, 101 N. Museum Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262
Photo Credits: Courtesy O'Donnell House
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