Discover the hidden midcentury architectural gems of Rancho Mirage on an intriguing and insightful two-hour walking tour led by local historians and preservationists from local nonprofit Preservation Mirage. The Tamarisk neighborhood is a treasure trove of midcentury architecture and features some of the most important homes in the valley. Discover the fascinating history of Tamarisk Country Club from the early 1950s.
This walking tour takes you on quiet, public streets behind Tamarisk Country Club. It highlights significant, historic midcentury homes (exteriors only) designed by famed desert modernist architects including Hugh Kaptur, William F. Cody, Donald Wexler, William Krisel, and Val Powelson’s iconic gull-wing Maranz House, as well as homes for celebrities like Gummo and Groucho Marx. You’ll also see fine examples of resort communities, including designated historic districts by Cody and Krisel: Cody Court, and Tamarisk Ranchos. These resort-style communities were built in the 1950s and were unique to Rancho Mirage, offering an alternative to big homes on the fairways.
Walks are approximately 1.5 miles total on quiet, flat public roads, and take two hours. Suitable for fit and healthy walkers, but wheelchairs are welcome. Suitable footwear, sunglasses, hats and sunscreen are recommended. A percentage of funds raised go towards Preservation Mirage, a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate the community and help preserve the architectural legacy of the City of Rancho Mirage.
Things to Know
This event is for ages 12 and older.
Comfortable shoes, hats, sunscreen and water are recommended.
Wheelchairs are accepted, but walkers must be physically fit for a two-hour walk on flat roads.
No dogs allowed.
The organizer of this event is Preservation Mirage.
Event Check-in Location
Palm View Road and Marx Road, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Photo Credits: Bob Berg, Melissa Riche
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