Explore Palm Springs: Liberace Christmas Home

Transformed his living room into a winter wonderland

Liberace’s Deep Well Estate home was chosen by the Palm Springs Villager magazine as the Home-of-the-Month for December 1958.

Courtesy of Palm Springs Historical Society


In 1958, Liberace’s Deep Well Estate home was chosen by the Palm Springs Villager magazine as the Home-of-the-Month for December.

His home included a large fireplace that dominated the black and white living room. That year, during the holidays, the entire living room was transformed into a winter wonderland with trees, snowmen and icicles hanging on eaves overlooking the pool.

Liberace said his home in the desert was the place he came to relax. In the article he said, “When one looks at beautiful mountains and a clear desert sky, the mind is more creative.”

His three-bedroom home was located in the quiet elegance of the Deep Well neighborhood and was designed for work, relaxation, and privacy.

In 1968, Liberace purchased another home in Palm Springs, which was formerly called The Cloisters located in the old Las Palmas neighborhood.

Liberace transformed and revitalized The Cloisters into the ornate style that the flamboyant, world-famous, piano player was known for in each of his 11 homes. He frequently told people that he owed much of his success to the city of Palm Springs because it was during his annual engagement at the Chi Chi nightclub that he was approached to do his first television show, which catapulted him to stardom.

Liberace lived in Palm Springs until his death in 1987.

As the city celebrates its 75th anniversary, there is a multitude of ways to learn more about this desert treasure. One of the more intriguing methods is by exploring the city’s history.

The Palm Springs Historical Society will share a story whose time and place corresponds with today.

The Palm Springs Historical is located at 221 S. Palm Canyon Drive. For more information, visit www.pshistoricalsociety.org

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