Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The Mod Palm Springs Life

I should warn you, there is absolutely no point to this post, just the ramblings of The Palm Springs Savant.
Living the "Mod" life in Palm Springs is as fun as it looks. The city has an abundance of mid-century architecture built in the 50's glam modern style. Even some of the new construction reflects this style, preserving the charm that has made this desert oasis popular around the world. Whether I am relaxing at home, having cocktails at a friend's place, or out and about on the town, I have embraced the "modern" heritage that echos from the recent past. A few months ago I was sipping cocktails at Frank Sinatra's former house, and found myself wondering what sort of trouble Old Blue Eyes had gotten himself into while living there. I wondered how Ava Gabor liked swimming in the piano-shaped pool, or if Lana Turner really did throw a martini glass at Frank. These are among the many tales of the time the Rat Pack spent in Palm Springs. It's changed a lot for sure, but these days it's more hip than ever!
Here's a groovy photo or two...
above: Believe it or not, this is at Palm Springs City Hall
above: Isn't this a fab house?
Are you ready for a Martini yet?
-Rick Rockhill

10 comments:

Olivia said...

In almost every recent photo you are sipping something!

It's great that Palm Springs was preserved through the 70s, 80s and 90s for the styles to come full circle and mod to become the popular vintage which is so trendy now.

Tod said...

Always...

Palm Springs Savant said...

Tod- Shaken, or stirred?

Lois Grebowski said...

I had a great cocktail the other day. It was a girly "martini" like drink, called an outrigger. It had apple vodka, apple pucker, and cranberry juice.

So will the retro martini party be a regular feature? It should be.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

rick when this first opened i thought you were sitting on a huge statue of, well, t paper! ha ha ha (sorry!)

smiles, bee
xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Mo said...

I'm not a "mod" fan for my own style, but it sure suits you & Palm Springs! The middle picture looks like the house from Galaxy Quest - the one where the aliens come and Tim Allen is hungover...
Guess he went to the Retro Martini Party, too!

kenju said...

No martinis for me, but you can serve some red wine or a cold beer. I love the building with the trees growing up through the circular hole.

Stan said...

I too am a big fan of that 50's retro era. Some of the modern designs still hold up today and I'm glad to see it's being preserved out there unlike most other places.

Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

Yes please....shaken :) And Sheldon is so adorable!!!

tea
xo

Jimmi said...

I was wondering if anyone else noticed that PPS always has a drink in his hand... Almost Rat Pack Vegas in a way...

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