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.