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Historic Desert Holly Tour

The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation will host a tour of the Desert Holly condominium complex, designed by master builder and developer William H. O’Brien, Jr. in 1957. $25 (30 min)
Category: @Palm Springs, Palm Springs Preservation Foundation, Self-guided, Tour (Exterior), Tour (Interior)


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Full Details

Special Tour Format: Due to social distancing protocols, tourgoer numbers have been reduced!  This will allow attendees a more intimate tour experience, a better opportunity for photography, and more educational interaction with PSPF board members and docents.   

The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation is proud to sponsor a tour of Desert Holly, the city’s newest midcentury historic district!  Built in 1957, the 14-unit complex is located in the popular Sunrise Park neighborhood and is comprised of eight buildings surrounding a large pool.  Constructed by talented Long Beach master builder and developer William J. O’Brien, Jr. (who was influenced by Chinese-American modernist architects Eugene Kinn Choy and Kenneth S. Wing), Desert Holly is a rare architectural gem in the heart of Palm Springs.  At least four units will be open for touring and you’ll have an opportunity to meet and talk to the homeowners who have preserved the integrity of this very special property.  This is a self-guided tour but tourgoers will receive a four-page color collectible handout.  Light refreshments and beautiful mountain views will be served.   

The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to educate and promote public awareness of the importance of preserving the historical resources and architecture of the city of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley area.”  PSPF offers free membership as a public benefit.


Things to Know

To avoid confusion, and as a courtesy to other tour goers, please arrive at your designated tour start time.
No children or pets and no smoking please.
Hand sanitizer is provided at check-in. Face coverings required for guests.
Restrooms are not available for tour use.
Large purses and backpacks are discouraged.
Interior photography is at the discretion of the individual homeowner.
Please be respectful of the neighborhood and do not park in front of mail boxes or driveways.
The organizer of this event is Palm Springs Preservation Foundation.


Event Check-in Location

Desert Holly, 2244 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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Photo Credits: Palm Springs Preservation Foundation, Desert Holly HOA


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