I had the unique privilege recently to attend a garden party at the Charles Farrell residence sponsored by the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation. It is a fine representation of Desert Spanish, the early architectural style of Palm Springs. As stated by Patrick McGrew in his book Desert Spanish, “The Palm Springs of the 1920’s and 1930’s with its red-tiled roofs, stucco walls and Spanish street names serves as a reminder of an enduring fascination with the region’s Spanish-Mexican past.”
Charles Farrell was a large personality on the Palm Springs scene. He was a movie star, TV personality, WWI and WWII veteran and hotel and nightclub owner. Eventually he was elected mayor of the town in 1953, a position he held for seven years. One of his greatest achievements was purchasing the Racquet Club with his friend Ralph Bellamy so he would have unlimited access to play tennis whenever he wanted. The Racquet Club went on to become the ultimate hangout out for Hollywood elite. It was so successful that he took credit for “inventing” Palm Springs. A large personality indeed!
Located in the Movie Colony, the Charles Farrell house has undergone a beautiful renovation and would be a perfect place for a weekend getaway with family and friends, weddings or any special occasion. It sits on an acre of land with beautiful gardens and a pool. The main house has three bedrooms with large rooms that open out onto the grounds and a state of the art kitchen. The guest casita has two bedrooms plus a kitchen and a separate two-bedroom guesthouse completes the compound. Truly a special place to relax and take in all the magic the Desert has to offer.
These Desert Spanish jewels are being lovingly restored and recognized for their quality, charm and attention to detail. Yet another reason to enjoy the rich architectural history of Palm Springs!
If you enjoy historical architecture, I encourage you to join the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation. It’s free to join and they host great architectural events throughout the year. http://www.pspreservationfoundation.org/