Historic Home Tour of the 1925 Thomas O'Donnell House

Event Starts: Fri , Feb 23, 2018

10:00 am to 11:00 am Tour 0 $50.00 $1.75

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10:30 am to 11:30 am Tour 0 $50.00 $1.75

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11:00 am to 12:00 pm Tour 0 $50.00 $1.75

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12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Tour 0 $50.00 $1.75

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Event Description

Settled on the sheer mountainside, the expansive terrace of the ODonnell House seems to float above the desert floor. Ojo Del Desierto, or Eye of the Desert, was built in 1925 for wealthy oil-magnate Thomas ODonnell by famed hotelier Nellie Coffman of the Desert Inn. One of the oldest extant buildings in Palm Springs, the house was incredibly modern for its time.

Meticulously restored, the ODonnell House and grounds feature original and rare art tile floors and bathroom tiles hand manufactured by Batchelder, Malibu, Taylor, S&S and Gladding McBean. The wrought-iron gates and grilles were famous for their intricacy and craftsmanship. The house boasts redwood ceilings, antique furnishings, and gorgeous period appointments, not to be missed by any architecture buff. The exquisite view from the terrace and gardens of the desert below is unparalleled.

Explore and discover this Palm Springs landmark, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, on a self-guided one-hour tour. Guests arrive at the entrance to the ODonnell Golf course and are shuttled up the mountainside to the unrivaled views above.

Ticket purchase includes a 1-year individual membership (value $50.00) or if two family tickets, a Family Membership (value $75.00) to the Palm Springs Historical Society.

All proceeds from this tour benefit the Palm Springs Historical Society and The Aluminaire House Foundation. pshistoricalsociety.org aluminaire.org

Event Restrictions

Golf carts will shuttle guests up to, and back from, the residence.

Please note time on your ticket for shuttle departures.

Shuttles leave from the entrance to the O'Donnell Golf Club, the northwest corner of the North Parking Lot at the Palm Springs Art Museum

Docents will collect name/mailing address/email address for ticket buyers who desire Historic Society membership, included in the price of the ticket.