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Orbit InSider, 2014 Fall Edition
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Agua Caliente Tribe Demolishes Spa Hotel
In a major blow to the city of Palm Springs and its architectural legacy, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians unceremoniously began tearing down the 1963 Spa Hotel. Originally designed by the team of Donald Wexler, Ric Harrison, William Cody and Philip Koenig, the iconic Spa colonnade apparently no longer fits into the tribe's "vision" for the future. See the excellent opinion editorial by Peter Moruzzi here: http://www.desertsun.com/story/opinion/contributors/2014/09/06/palm-springs-spa-resort/15184357
Julius Shulman photography archive, Getty Research Institute
© J. Paul Getty Trust

Sprucing Up "The Hideaway" 

This summer, Orbit In owners Kevin and Jinny were granted further control of sister property The Hideaway. Several property upgrades have been completed including: new irrigation and addition of flowering landscape; elegant new duvet covers; and vintage bedside lamps for the rooms. Most noticeable is the removal of rear messy trees that blocked views of the Albert Frey House and the Siva House by Hugh Kaptur. Other exciting changes are in the works.
Furthermore, The Hideaway has been nominated for Class One Historic Status as will be the Orbit In and we look forward to designation that should protect both properties for future generations and ensure continued enjoyment by our guests.
photo by Dan Chavkin

Former Bank to Re-Open as
New Architecture and Design Center

http://www.modernismweek.com
Over the years many of our guests, either while walking downtown or on tour with Palm Springs Modern Tours, have admired the pavilion-like glass building that seemingly floats at the corner of 300 South Palm Canyon Drive. Designed by Emerson Stewart Williams in 1960 to house the local branch of Santa Fe Federal Savings and Loan, this former bank was acquired in 2011 by the Palm Springs Art Museum. Generous donations by Beth-Edwards Harris (who faithfully restored Neutra's Kaufmann House) and local fashion style-setter Trina Turk made possible the purchase and subsequent restoration by architectural firm Marmol-Radziner. A local Founders fundraising campaign also raised over two million dollars to sustain the initial operations of the facility. Under the guidance of curator Sidney Williams, the building re-opens to the public on November 9th, 2014 as the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center. The opening exhibit -
An Eloquent Modernist: E. Stewart Williams, Architect


Don The Beachcomber
Re-Imagined
http://www.desertsun.com/picture-gallery/news/local/2014/09/05/old-don-the-beachcomber-building-from-the-basement-up/15168455/
At long last, tiki fans can celebrate restoration of the tiki torches at what was once Don The Beachcomber, a landmark of Palm Springs' heyday. The building is now home to a thriving assortment of businesses including galleries and Dish Creative Cuisine slated to open later this year. Bootlegger Tiki, a small speakeasy-style tiki bar, is located behind Ernest coffee which is named for Beachcomber founder Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt. http://desert.sn/1ttB7ea

Modernism Week
"Fall Edition" returns
http://www.desertsun.com/picture-gallery/news/local/2014/09/05/old-don-the-beachcomber-building-from-the-basement-up/15168455/
Bigger and better than ever, the four-day Modernism Week fall edition (a preview to February's main event) is October 10-13 and promises to be a long weekend filled with fun. If you haven't yet been to Palm Springs in October, there's no better place to frolic under blue skies and take in all the town has to offer. 
Two events sure to please are Bienvenidos Modernistas! at the newly restored Architecture and Design Center of the Palm Springs Art Museum
and ALOHA, a Modern Beach Party with a twist of Elvis!
http://www.desertsun.com/picture-gallery/news/local/2014/09/05/old-don-the-beachcomber-building-from-the-basement-up/15168455/
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