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Palm Desert Walking Tour: Living Large in Small Spaces

Walk with us through ‘Painters’ Path' discovering works by White, Krisel, Kaptur, Bissner (and more) whose small homes and condominiums were a planned alternative to larger homes nearby.

$55 (2.25 hrs)

Category: Tour (Exterior), Tour (Interior), Tour (Neighborhood), Tour (Walking), Guided, Reception, Palm Desert, *Newly Added*

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Artists brought their easels and pallets to this area to capture the flora and fauna framed by the nearby hills. This Painters Path area bordered by east Shadow Mountain and Edgehill became a site of smaller homes and condominiums that helped provide diversification in housing for South Palm Desert. In the early 1950s, the Planning Department declined to allow one or two companies (i.e. Metro Homes) to dominate, instead they encouraged a variety of builders and architects such as Walter White, Ross Patten and Duke Wild, John P. Moyer (and others)  to build small homes. In addition Harold Bissner's Sands and Shadows, the award winning Sandpiper Condominiums (Wm. Krisel) and Kings Point (Hugh Kaptur) were built over a 20 year period beginning in 1958. The latter two (Sandpiper and Kings Point) have Palm Desert Historical Designation along with one of the Walter White homes in the area. 

Fortunately for us many of these original homes remain unaltered, or have been restored, and await us. This inaugural  walking tour will begin at Kings Point and circle throughout the neighborhood returning to Kings Point for a reception. Along the way we may have a surprise or two. We are excited about this new venture and look forward to having you join us.

Click here to view: Historical Society of Palm Desert


Things to Know

This event is for ages 12 and older.
Check-in begins at 8:45 AM.
Restroom is available at registration.
Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat.
This is a neighborhood walking tour, approximately 2 miles; outdoors with some interiors.
There is on-street parking on Shadow Mountain near the registration at Kings Point.
There are some exterior and/or interior steps.
The organizer of this event is Historical Society of Palm Desert.

Event Check-in Location
Kings Point
72750 Cactus Court (Off Shadow Mountain)
Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Photo Credits:  Linda Holden Clode

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