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Morada La Estrella: An Old Las Palmas Estate

The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation will host a tour of “Morada La Estrella” designed by William Charles Tanner and built in 1932.

$50 (30 min)

Category: Tour (Exterior), Tour (Interior)

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Imagined by architectural designer William Charles Tanner in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, “Morada La Estrella” was built in 1932 for businessman John Corson Snyder and his wife Estella. Upon entering the home’s grand hall, with its carved wood-trusses and exposed beam cathedral-ceiling, visitors are treated to many artful wood and metal details which are carried through the lavish residence. 

Aside from the tennis court, the extensive grounds feature a large swimming pool, spa, and adjacent pergola. Outside views of the home, also showcase the terracotta tiled roof and historic details around windows and eaves. Original roof tiles still bear the maker’s name: the famous Gladding McBean company of Los Angeles.

The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to educate and promote public awareness of the importance of preserving the historical resources and architecture of the city of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley area.” PSPF offers free membership as a public benefit. To learn more about the work of the foundation see


Things to Know
No children or pets and no smoking.
Large purses and backpacks are discouraged.
Interior photography is at the discretion of the homeowner.
Restrooms are not available for tour use.
To avoid confusion, and as a courtesy to other tour goers, please arrive at your designated tour start time.
Please be respectful of the neighborhood and do not park in front of mailboxes or driveways.
The event is organized by the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation.

Event Check-in Location
John & Estella Snyder Residence
271 W Merito Place
Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Photo Credits: Lance Gerber – Courtesy Tanner Family Collection – Courtesy Tanner Family Collection.

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