Across from the Eldorado Country Club, this single-story house was designed in the early 1960s for developer Fillmore Crank and actress Beverly Garland by architect William F. Cody and builder Robert Higgins.
The three bedroom/bath 2,205-square-foot house set on a quarter-acre lot, was to be the show house for the Desert Bel-Air Estates subdivision, a four-tract, 107-lot residential development conceptualized by Crank and Cody and constructed by Higgins.
But declining home sales forced Crank and Garland to abruptly leave the desert before their dream house was completed, and they never returned to the desert. Crank died in 1999 and Garland, best known for her roles as Barbara Harper Douglas on My Three Sons and as Dorothy 'Dotty' West on Scarecrow and Mrs. King, died in 2008.
Over the decades the Crank-Garland house went through various remodels and experienced a lot of deferred maintenance. Listed for sale as a “tear down” in 2017, it was purchased by Jessy Moss and Steve Jocz who recognized its value and began an extensive restoration back to its original look.
To share the significance and story of the home, the current owner placed a boulder with bronze plaque at the edge of the front lawn outlining its history. Beautifully restored to its original design, it was dedicated in 2019 as the fourth historic landmark in Indian Wells.
Things to Know
Please arrive 15 min. prior to your tour time to allow for check-in.
The tour is self-guided, we recommend a minimum of 30 min. to view the house and grounds.
Self-parking on street, please be aware of on-coming traffic when crossing streets.
No food or eating will be allowed in the house. Any drinks must have a lid and be covered at all times
No smoking on the premises, in the house or outside in the yard at any time.
Not recommended for children under age 12, the tour will be walking through the home with some room restrictions.
No public restrooms will be available for use.
The organizer of this event is Friends of the Palm Springs Library.
Event Check-in Location
Location will appear on the ticket.
Photo Credits: Provided by Linda Blank/Karlyn Neel, Palm Springs Presevation Foundation
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