Villa Royale (as configured today) is best described as a variety of California-style ranch structures surrounding three separate courtyards. Courtyard 1 is the original Villa Royale (1947-51) designed by Los Angeles-based home designer Kenneth Dreisbach and built over four years by Palm Springs contractor Ralph Young. Courtyard 2 was originally the small hotel Indian Trail Villa and was built in 1950. Courtyard 3 was originally the small hotel Country Manor and was built in 1956. Both became part of Villa Royale when they were purchased in 1985.
On April 7, 2016 the owner of Villa Royale requested that the Class 1 Historic Site nomination be held in abeyance.
On January 7, 2016 PSPF submitted the Class 1 Historic Site nomination of the Villa Royale (1947, Kenneth Dreisbach) to the city of Palm Springs. The 54-page nomination was authored by PSPF researcher Melissa Riche.