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  • October 27, 2017
  • October 29, 2017


Palm Springs: Landscapes for Leisure

We have reserved 40 rooms at the Riviera Hotel for conference attendees at the special CGLHS rate of $149 per night, with discounted resort fee of $15 per night. Discounted rate applies for people who would like to want to stay a few days before or after the conference.

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Click the link below to access the Riviera site to learn more about the event and to book, modify, or cancel a reservation from May 1, 2017 to September 27, 2017

Steven Keylon, President, CGLHS


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Palm Springs has been Hollywood’s desert playground since the 1920s. A haven for the rich and famous to relax in peace and obscurity, the area also boasts a complex and interesting cultural history. The Agua Caliente Band of the Cahuilla Indians lived in adjacent canyons for centuries, drawn to the area for the hot mineral springs, which were considered sacred. Later, Spanish explorers became enchanted by the native flora and fauna, calling the area, “La Palma de la Mano de Dios,” or “The Palm of the God’s Hand.” Our conference will explore this fascinating history, and also focus on a broad review of the designed landscape and the practitioners responsible for the evolution of 20th century modernism, including the sanatoriums of the early 1900s, fashionable resorts and western-themed dude ranches of the 1920s, Spanish Colonial-Revival estates, ranch-inspired homes, and the Modernist buildings of Palm Springs.


Friday, October 27, 2017
Conference begins at the home of CGLHS President Steven Keylon. Address to be sent upon Registration

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm CGLHS Member Check-In
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Walking Tour of historic Deepwell Estates: Stars and Starchitects in Deepwell
Please join us in Palm Springs’ historic Deepwell Estates neighborhood, for a walking tour conducted by the Palm Springs Historical Society. Stroll through this pristine mid-century neighborhood with elegant Modernist homes, lived in by some of Hollywood’s biggest names. Loretta Young, William Holden, Liberace, Jerry Lewis, Carmen Miranda are just some of the stars who called Deepwell home. The neighborhood also boasts some of the most attractive desert landscaping in Palm Springs, with many gardens designed by the talented and colorful cactus collector and nursery owner, “Cactus Slim” Moorten.
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Informal welcome reception after the walking tour
After the walking tour, the group will convene at the Deepwell Estates home of CGLHS President Steven Keylon and his partner, metal sculptor John De La Rosa. Their 1950 modernist home was designed by architectural designer Herbert W. Burns, and is being restored to its original condition. Catch up with old friends and make new ones over wine, cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres.
8:00 pm Dinner on your own – A list of local restaurants will be provided

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Palm Springs Art Museum 101 Museum Dr., Palm Springs CA 92262

9:30 am – 10:00 am Check in (Breakfast not served at this venue)
10:00 am – 10:30 am CGLHS Member Meeting
10:30 am – 10:35 am Welcome and Introduction
10:35 am – 12:00 pm Conference Begins
“Landscapes for Leisure,” Steven Keylon, President CGLHS – Steven will discuss the evolution of designed landscape in the Coachella Valley in the 20th Century, within the broader context of landscape design and the cultural history of Palm Springs and its surroundings. “Poetics of Stone: From Material to Meaning,” Lisa Gimmy, ASLA – Lisa will focus on the incorporation of stone in modernist buildings and landscapes in Palm Springs, and will trace the origin of this expression in the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. The lecture will conclude with an exploration of the use of stone in contemporary buildings and landscapes.
12:10 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch at the historic O’Donnell Golf Club patio
Attendees will walk the short distance to the Coachella Valley’s first golf course, the private O’Donnell Golf Club. Built by Thomas A. O’Donnell, an oilman who came to Palm Springs in the mid-1920s, this nine-hole course was originally adjacent to the famed Desert Inn.
1:15 pm – 4:30 pm Bus tour of several private historic landscapes in Palm Springs
Return to Palm Springs Art Museum at 4:30 pm.
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Cocktail reception
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Dinner
Spencer’s, at the Historic Palm Springs Tennis Club 701 W. Baristo Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262 Nestled at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, the Tennis Club was built by Palm Springs pioneer Pearl McCallum McManus in 1937. Our evening will begin with a cocktail reception with full bar and passed hors d’oeuvres on the upper lawn just outside the Paul R. Williams and A. Quincy Jones designed Bougainvillea Room from 1947. Next, we will dine under the stars on the terraced lawn with adjacent palm trees, overlooking the “most photographed pool in the world.”

Sunday, October 29, 2017

9:30 am – 11:00 am Continental breakfast and garden tour
After a light continental breakfast, we will tour a private garden in the Coachella Valley. Details to come.
11:00 am Conference ends


Registration includes walking tour, opening reception, lectures, Saturday lunch, bus transportation for garden tours, cocktail reception and dinner Saturday night, Sunday continental breakfast, and entrance to all venues/events.

Registration Fees
(before September 4th)
Registration Fees
(after September 4th)
CGLHS Members
$325 $370
Non-Members/Guest $365 $410
Guest of conference attendee, opening reception and Saturday night dinner  $150 $150

Conference SOLD OUT

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