Feb 1, 200610:46 AMThe Life
HSPB-1: El Mirador Hotel
Feb 1, 2006 - 10:46 AMThe Historic Site Preservation Board of Palm Springs is responsible for those handsome brown-and-gold metal informative plaques you often see while strolling through the village. Here's a photo of plaque #1 (or click that right-margin thumbnail photo), located at 1150 North Indian Canyon:
Opening in 1928, El Mirador was one of the most fashionable resorts of its day, catering to movie stars and captains of industry. When the U.S. entered WWII in 1941, the hotel was purchased by the federal government and converted into Torney General Hospital, treating wounded soldiers. After the war, the hotel reopened, but the easterly portion of the property became a community hospital. The hotel closed permanently in 1973 and Desert Hospital was built where the hotel once stood. The main hotel building and its tower remained standing, however, until destroyed by fire in July 1989. This accurate reconstruction was completed in May 1991.
HSPB-1. This plaque sponsored by the McCallum Desert Foundation.
How many historic sites have you visited? As plaques are added to the blog, we'll archive their links here: 2:Welwood Murray Cemetery, 3:Welwood Murray Memorial Library, 5:McCallum Adobe, 7:Frances S. Stevens School, 8:Street Marker, 9:Lykken's Department Store, 10:Oasis Hotel, 11:Site of First Community Church, 12:El Mirador Garage, 13:Pacific Building, 15:Our Lady of Solitude Catholic Church, 21:George B. Roberson House, 22A:Plaza Theatre, 23:Community Church of Palm Springs, 26:General Telephone Building, 27:El Paseo Building, 28:William & "Mousie" Powell Residence, 29:Dr. Smith/Dr. Peppers Office, 33(2):Tramway Gas Station, 33(4):Palm Springs City Hall, 33(6):Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Valley Station, 35:Palm Springs Desert Museum, 36:Owen Coffman Post 519 Palm Springs American Legion, 40:Tie Down on Easemor Circle, missing or hidden plaques, R25:The Original Palm Springs, R44:Desert Inn.