Historic Articles

“Historic Hideaways” – The Desert Sun (March 1996)

In March of 1996, The Desert Sun (a newspaper in Palm Springs, CA), did a brief special on “Historic hideaways”. The write-up features several “small inns richly steeped in a colorful past of elegance that dates back to the classic movie-star years of the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s”. Among these historic places to stay in Palm Springs is The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn. It mentions that is was the

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“The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn” – Profit Investor Portfolio (1996)

In 1996, Profit Investor Portfolio had some information about The Willows Historic Palm Springs Resort in the publication. The Willows had recently undergone a major renovation project and the pages of the PDF (which you can view here) include the mission of the renovation and it contains some photos from the inside of The Willows. “After researching what the property looked liked [sic] in the late 1920s and 1930s, consulting

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“A Picture Journey Through California” – Southern Pacific Company (1930)

The O’Donnell House at The Willows has a history of its own. Finished by January, 1925, it was the winter home of oilman Thomas O’Donnell and his wife, D. Winnifred Willis Jenny. It was originally known as Ojo del Desierto (Eye of the Desert). Restored by The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn, the combination of the two places makes for an elegant place to hold special events, such as weddings,

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“Californians Escape to the Desert” – The National Geographic Magazine (November 1957)

Palm Springs, California is known for its weather and makes for a great vacationing destination. In 1957, the popular National Geographic Magazine printed some pictures of the area and talked about what people were wearing, even though it was in the wintertime. The second page of the article has some more details and talks about The O’Donnell House (which is now known as The O’Donnell House at The Willows Historic

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“The Boutonnières of Mr. Untermyer” – The New Yorker (May 18, 1940)

This is the last post on Mr. Samuel Untermyer, who was one of the first people to own (what is now) The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn in California. In the article by The New Yorker, which was written after Untermyer’s death in March, 1940 by Geoffrey T. Hellman, the reader learns about another of Untermyer’s estates, Greystone, in New York. It does mention that “during the last few years,

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“Untermyer Dead in His 82d Year; Long Had Been Ill” – The New York Times (March 17, 1940)

As noted in previous posts, Samuel Untermyer was one of the first people to own (what is now) The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn. Untermyer purchased it in the late 1920s. On Saturday, March 16th, 1940, Untermyer “died… at his home, The Willows, in his eighty-second year”, according to the March 17th “Special” to The New York Times. According to the article, “Mr. Untermyer had spent the last two months

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