Palm Springs Preservation Foundation

Royal Hawaiian Estates – November 28, 2010


The foundation was pleased to host an educational house tour and recognition event at the historic Royal Hawaiian Estates. The free event, attended by over 300 people, gave PSPF an opportunity to distribute complimentary copies of its Desert Polynesia tribute journal. Councilmember Rick Hutcheson presented representatives of the home owner’s association with a framed copy of the Royal Hawaiian Estate’s future entry in PSPF's Class 1 historic sites booklet. The Royal Hawaiian Estates was designated Palm Springs' first residential historic district by the city council on February 3, 2010.

Designed by the firm of Wexler & Harrison in 1960, Royal Hawaiian Estates has appeared in PSPF's Desert Polynesia and Donald Wexler: Architect tribute journals. A condominium complex of 40 units spread over five acres, the architecture sports many of the design elements found in the “tiki style” including outrigger beams, jutting gables and A-frame roof lines.

Royal Hawaiian Estates has also been the recipient of multiple PSPF grants to restore a missing architectural element known as a “tiki apex” formerly found on the building's outrigger beams. o2 Architecture (Lance O'Donnell, principal) designed the apexes using vintage photographs. o2 Architecture was on-hand at the event to explain their design process and discuss the clever solution they finally arrived at to guarantee the accurate reconstruction of the tiki apexes.

To read more about Royal Hawaiian Estates click here.


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