$75 (1.5 hrs) — 7 homes on this tour
Sunrise Park presents a mix of architectural styles that evolved over time, from Atomic Ranch to late 60s mod. Developments with names like Enchanted Homes and Desert Palms Estates are centrally located near the civic center with the Albert Frey designed City Hall and Wexler’s iconic airport that opened the desert to a world of international travelers. Innovative and influential architects like Donald Wexler, Robert H. Ricciardi, Dan Palmer, William Krisel and Hugh Kaptur all designed homes here, while the Alexander Construction Company and Jack and Bernie Meiselman built them. Huell Howser, the host of PBS television’s long-running series California’s Gold lived in the neighborhood for many years, as well as hotel magnate Conrad Hilton. Architects William Cody and Hugh Kaptur designed landmarks throughout the Coachella Valley but chose Sunrise Park to build their family homes.
The Kaptur family home, where they resided from 1959 to 1984, will be featured on the tour. It showcases the architect’s rounded angles seen in public projects like the Palm Springs Swim Club, Fire Station #4 and Casa Blanca Hotel (now known as Musicland). The tour also includes several homes in the Enchanted Homes tracts built by the Alexander Construction Company and designed by William Krisel. Each has been recently remodeled in a different way while maintaining the original midcentury aesthetic. It also includes a Meiselman home, a fabulously remodeled home originally built by the owners of Sherman's Deli, and vintage automobiles.
Proceeds from this tour will be used to support non-profit local agencies within the Sunrise Park Neighborhood as well as operating costs for the Sunrise Park Neighborhood Organization.
Things to Know
Please arrive 15 minutes before tour time to check in.
Check-in opens at 9:45 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m.
This tour is for ages 12 and older.
There is ample street parking.
Photography is at the discretion of the homeowner.
Private homes are not wheelchair accessible.
There are some interior and exterior steps.
Please no pets, food or smoking allowed in homes.
Bathrooms in homes are not available.
The organizer of this event is Sunrise Park Neighborhood Organization.
Event Check-in Location
289 N. Sunset Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Photo Credits: Sunrise Park Neighborhood Organization
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