Palm Springs Tribe, Preservationists At Odds Over Mid-Century Architecture

Oct 27, 2014

Removal of the Spa Resort's iconic colonnade in 2014.
Credit Jeff Stork

The Donald Wexler-designed colonnade leading to the entrance of the Spa Resort in Palm Springs, circa early 1960s.

Much of the desert resort city of Palm Springs is built on land owned by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.  For decades, the relationship between the tribe and the city and its residents has been cooperative and friendly.  Recently, though, a rift has developed between tribal officials and Palm Springs architectural preservationists over the fate of some iconic mid-century modern buildings owned by the tribe.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports.