One of the largest and most iconic neighborhoods in Palm Springs, Racquet Club Estates is a marvel of midcentury design. More than 500 homes come together to create an oasis of architectural optimism that introduced the post-war generation to indoor-outdoor living in Southern California.
The Alexander Construction Company hired architects like William Krisel and Donald Wexler to design innovative homes that welcomed the desert sun and optimized shade. This was affordable luxury for middle class consumers. The small interior footprints are complemented by outdoor living spaces with swimming pools and mountain views. While many of the homes have been retrofitted for year-round living, the neighborhood’s midcentury aesthetic remains intact: butterfly roofs, paper-thin overhangs and vibrant pops of color on doors, mailboxes and carports. Breezeblock abounds.
On this walking tour you can see firsthand the Wexler designed Steel Development House No. 2, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was the first midcentury structure in Palm Springs to be so designated.
Vintage cars will be displayed at each home and throughout the neighborhood. Guests will also enjoy a post-tour reception with champagne, hors d’oeuvres and raffle for an original piece of artwork from Nat Reed whose style embodies the exuberance of midcentury Palm Springs.
Proceeds from this tour will fund projects benefiting the neighborhood and the Palm Springs community at large.
Things to Know
Please arrive 15 minutes before tour time to check in.
Check-in opens at 9:00 am and closes at 12 Noon.
This tour is for ages 12 and older.
There is ample street parking.
Photography is at the discretion of the homeowner.
Private homes are not wheelchair accessible.
There are some interior and exterior steps.
Please no pets, food or smoking allowed in homes.
Bathrooms in homes are not available.
There are some exterior and/or interior steps.
The organizer of this event is Racquet Club Estates Neighborhood Association.
Event Check-in Location
2744 N. Via Miraleste, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Photo Credits: Racquet Club Estates Neighborhood Association
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