Palm Springs Celebrates Its Past, And Tourists Arrive In Droves

Now a stop on Palm Springs tours, this iconic desert house — shown here in a 1970 photo — was designed by modernist architect Richard Neutra for department store magnate Edgar J. Kaufmann in 1946.

About 100 miles east of Los Angeles, Palm Springs, with its cloudless skies, bright sunshine and warm temperatures, was the desert playground of golden-era Hollywood. It attracted stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and Lucille Ball.

As the years passed and the city’s glamour waned, Palm Springs became better known for tanned retirees and sprawling golf courses. But these days, the city’s past is making it a hip destination again.

Palm Springs is the capital of midcentury modern. The style evokes America’s post-World War II economic boom and the optimism that swept the country. Think clean lines, flat roofs — and lots of glass and concrete.

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