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The Mystique of Shadow Mountain: A Palm Desert Walking Tour

Experience the golden age of midcentury architecture on a docent-led walk of Palm Desert’s Shadow Mtn. area featuring homes by Frey, Krisel, and White and ending with refreshments at Shadow Mtn. Resort. $55 (3 hrs)
Category: @Palm Desert, Guided, Hors d'oeuvres, Kid-Friendly Activity, Reception, Tour (Exterior), Tour (Neighborhood), Tour (Walking)



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Palm Springs is known for its cache of historically rich Midcentury architecture.  Lesser known, and equally stellar, is the treasure of architecturally significant homes throughout south Palm Desert.

The focus for this tour will be the historical Shadow Mountain area replete with homes designed by significant architects and inhabited by Hollywood celebrities, politicians, and renowned business people. Envisioned by noted entrepreneur, Cliff Henderson, and his business partners in 1946, these visionaries truly did create what became a Midcentury oasis in Palm Desert.

We begin our docent-led walking tour at the Historic Shadow Mountain Gene Sarazin designed golf course and travel back in time to the golden age of Midcentury Architecture.  Along the route they will see the exteriors of homes designed by architects Albert Frey,  Walter White,  William Krisel, William Pereira, John Outcault, Patten and Wild, Kauffman and Eggars, William Bray and others totalling over twenty architecturally significant Midcentury homes.

The tour will conclude at the historic Shadow Mountain Resort (also Kauffman and Eggars 1948, grounds by renowned landscape architect Tommy Tomson) . The often photographed (Julius Shulman) figure eight pool, the site of many gatherings, diving and synchronized swimming exhibitions, remains as it was, and participants will be able to imagine the scene around the pool as they, too, enjoy refreshments in the clubhouse.


Things to Know

This event is for all ages.
This is a walking tour. Please wear comfortable shoes and a hat!
Participants will gather at the Shadow Mountain Golf Club where parking is available.
Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Historical Society of Palm Desert.

Event Check-in Location

The Shadow Mountain Golf Course parking lot , 73800 Ironwood Street, Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Photo Credits: The "Lost” Krisel (Wm. Krisel) - Photo by James Schnepf, 
The Firestone Estate (Perriera) - Photo by Linda Holden Clode, Shadow Mountain Club & Resort Pool (Kauffman & Eggers) - Photo by Linda Holden Clode, The Pelletier House (Albert Frey) - Photo by Linda Holden Clode, The Hale House (John Outcault) - Photo by Linda Holden Clode, The Henderson House (Kauffman & Eggers) - Photo from Redfin 

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