Visitors Center

Mid-century/googie buildings

Housed in what used to be the Tramway Enco Gas Station, designed by noted modernist architects Albert Frey and Robson C. Chambers in the mid 1960s, the Visitors Center‘s unique hyperbolic paraboloid roof is a not-so-subtle reminder that Palm Springs isn’t just your average desert resort town.

Home to arguably the highest concentration of mid-century modern architecture in North America, per capita, Palm Springs has been actively embracing its past of late, and its Visitors Center is no exception.

In addition to providing the usual information on accommodations, dining, shopping, museums, attractions and events, this unique tourist stop also offers a great assortment of mid-century modern books and merchandise for sale.

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