Palm Springs Preservation Foundation

Save the Palm Springs Spa Hotel & Spa Bath House!

The work of master architect William F. Cody and the architectural firm of Wexler & Harrison, the Spa Hotel & Spa Bath House represented the aspirations of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians (ACBCI) and embodied the optimism of midcentury America. Built from 1959-1962, the Spa Hotel & Spa Bath House was featured in trade and lifestyle magazines and the colonnade appeared on the cover of the December 1960 issue of Concrete magazine as a cutting-edge example of pre-cast concrete design.

Today, 52 years later, the Spa Hotel complex is perfectly serviceable but has never undergone a first-class rehabilitation which would restore its former glory and leverage its full potential. Join us in asking ACBCI Tribal Council Chairman Jeff Grubbe to show vision and leadership by investing in the rehabilitation of the Spa Hotel & Spa Bath House.


Urge Tribal Council Chairman Jeff Grubbe to Preserve the Palm Springs Spa Hotel & Spa Bath House

Dear Tribal Council Chairman Grubbe,

I am writing to ask you to reconsider the Tribe's proposed demolition of the Spa Hotel & Spa Bath House. Your vision and leadership is essential to realizing the community's efforts to preserve and rehabilitate this important architectural and cultural resource.

I believe the Spa Hotel complex is an irreplaceable landmark worth saving. It is not only an important part of the Tribe's history but an important chapter in the history of the city of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. As the renown of the city of Palm Springs' modernist architecture continues to grow, the buildings of the Spa Hotel complex become more and more valuable to the Tribe, the city and the citizenry.

I trust you have taken the time to read the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation's seven-page document which describes the historical and architectural importance of the Spa Hotel complex. The document leads one quickly to the conclusion that the demolition of the hotel is wasteful and unnecessary. There are better and "greener" options than demolition. Examples of similar midcentury hotels which have been rehabilitated abound. The Spa Hotel complex is no less deserving of such renewal and reinvestment.

Today, in that same spirit of optimism and boldness that inspired the tribal leadership of the late 1950s and early 1960s, I ask you to make rehabilitation of the Spa Hotel complex a priority.

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