Historic Articles

“To the Desert for Sun and Air!” – Physical Culture (August, 1932)

Dr. Albert Einstein is one of the most famous people in history and even has a room named after him at The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn. Why does The Willows have this? One of the first owners of The Willows was a well-known lawyer from New York in the early 1900s, Samuel Untermyer. Among other things, he was famous for taking on corporate giants, such as J.D. Rockefeller and …

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“Orchid-Lover” – Nature Magazine (January, 1931)

The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn is located in Palm Springs, California and is surrounded by nature. Whether it is the dining room that sits yards away from a waterfall or the many lush plants that surround the property, The Willows is truly an extraordinary getaway. It’s no wonder that Samuel Untermyer, a renowned lawyer from the early 1900s became one of the first people to own The Willows. Untermyer …

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“Profiles: Little Giant-2” – The New Yorker (May, 1930)

In the first of two articles that profile one of the first owners of The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn, the author, Alva Johnston, introduced us to Samuel Untermyer. In the second article, she continues to familiarize us with the man. Untermyer was a popular figure of the time, having been a powerful corporate lawyer. He appeared in cases with issues dealing anywhere from a huge corporate merger worth one …

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“Profiles: Little Giant-1” – The New Yorker (May, 1930)

One of the unique aspects of The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn is the fascinating people that have owned it. One of the first owners of (the now luxury hotel in Palm Springs) The Willows, Samuel Untermyer, was a famous lawyer known for being a legal tactician, showing brilliance in the courtroom, and for taking on famous giants of the day (such as John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford, and J.P. …

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“Ojo del Desierto” – House Beautiful (July, 1928)

In the early 1920s, multimillionaire Tom O’Donnell came to Palm Springs seeking after relief of his respiratory ailment. After Tom married and returned from their honeymoon, they took joy in finding their extravagant residence. In fact, in 1928, the O’Donnells’ house was the subject of a feature article in House Beautiful magazine entitled “Ojo del Desierto”. The article, written by Mary Kellogg, includes pictures of a cactus garden, wrought iron …

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“Front Page Stuff” – The American Mercury (January, 1927)

Samuel Untermyer purchased The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn from Nella Mead in the late 1920s. Untermyer was a famous lawyer and according to the article “Front Page Stuff” in The American Mercury in January 1927, “There are probably more clippings about him in the morgues of the New York newspapers than about any other private citizen, so-called, save Harry K. Thaw.” The write-up says of Untermyer that “he had …

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"Facing the Worst" – The New Yorker (May 14, 1927)

William Mead built The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn in the mid 1920s. When he passed away unexpectedly at the end of the 1920s, his wife Nella decided to sell The Willows. The purchaser was Samuel Untermyer, a legendary New York attorney, who had been the first lawyer to ever get a one million dollar fee. Untermyer was friends with Dr. Albert Einstein, who stayed at The Willows and now …

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