Built in 1937 and designed by the architectural firm of Brewster & Benedict, the Walter Kirschner Residence is an important example of custom Spanish-Colonial Revival architecture. Kirschner was the wealthy co-owner of the nationwide Grayson’s chain of ladies’ apparel shops and was a friend and advisor to President’s Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower. Kirschner named the property “Casa Adaire” after his daughter.
On April 3, 2019 the Palm Springs city council unanimously approved (5-0) the Class 1 Historic Site designation of the Walter Kirschner Residence. PSPF board member Steven Keylon made public comment in support of the nomination.
On March 12, 2019 the city’s Historic Site Preservation Board voted unanimously (7-0) to recommend to city council approval of the Class 1 Historic Site designation of the Walter Kirschner Residence.
On September 19, 2018, PSPF (acting as agent for the owner) submitted the 121-page Class 1 Historic Site nomination for the Walter Kirschner “Casa Adaire” Residence to the city of Palm Springs’ Historic Site Preservation Board.
In April of 2018, the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation board of directors assigned the task of writing the Class 1 Historic Site nomination of the Walter Kirschner “Casa Adaire” Residence (1937, Brewster & Benedict) to board member Steven Keylon.