Ron and Barbara Marshall’s book, “Concrete Screen Block: The Power of Pattern”, tells the trend of concrete screen block and following it to Palm Springs.
The Chi Chi was wildly successful under Irwin Schuman, drawing such stars as Nat King Cole, Milton Berle, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, and Louis Armstrong.
Even before he became mayor of Palm Springs, Frank Bogert was the real deal comboy and promoted the city’s western atmosphere.
Jimmy Van Heusen, the guy who wrote the music for Frank Sinatra’s hits, may also be responsible for bringing Ol’ Blue Eyes to the desert.
Tommy Tomson, the pioneer of pool design, left his mark in Greater Palm Springs at Shadow Mountain Club and the iconic piano-shaped pool for Frank Sinatra.
Agnes Pelton settled in Cathedral City in 1932, far removed from civilization, and painted desert landscapes and transcendental abstractions.