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Palm Springs Visitors Center

The desert scene gets a stylish welcome with the period masterpiece

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Originally built in 1965 as a gas station, the visitor center’s signature design elements—such as its soaring, kite-shaped roof—are a tribute to the futurist vision of co-designers Albert Frey and Robson Chambers. Stand outside to admire the building’s space-age profile and picture-perfect setting at the base of Mount San Jacinto. Though it’s now viewed as a retro-perfect example of period architecture, the former gas-‘n’-go was slated for demolition in the late 1990s, but was saved from the wrecking ball and became the official visitor center in 2003. Step inside and pick up a free map to the region’s mid-century modern gems. The remarkable Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is just down the road. 



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