Completed in 1964, Villa Roma Garden Homes is a 69-unit condominium complex designed by James K. Schuler & Associates and built by Orange County developer Dominick Sfregola. The complex has stood as one of south Palm Springs’ best-known landmarks owing to its quirky and highly visible Roman-themed design.
On June 7, 2022 the city of Palm Springs’ Historic Site Preservation Board met to discuss the Villa Roma Garden Homes historic district nomination. PSPF board advisor and nomination author, Steve Vaught, made a compelling case for historic designation and rebutted, in detail, the negative city staff report. PSPF board members Gary Johns and Ron Marshall made public comment in support of the nomination. Most noteworthy, almost twenty Villa Roma homeowners made public comment in support of the nomination. The HSPB voted unanimously (4-0) to recommend designation of the condominium complex to the city council.
On May 31, 2022 PSPF advisor and renowned author, Alan Hess, wrote a letter to the city of Palm Springs’s Historic Site Preservation Board describing the importance of Villa Roma Garden Homes to the architectural legacy of southern California. To read the letter click here.
On August 19, 2021, the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation (acting as agent for the owners) submitted the 63-page Historic District nomination for the Villa Roma Garden Homes to the city of Palm Springs.
On November 24, 2020, the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation board of directors assigned the task of writing the Historic District nomination for the Villa Roma condominium complex to PSPF board advisor Steve Vaught.