Palm Springs, Calif., is an attractive vacation destination for more than just warm weather and pretty sights. The town is a time capsule for the 1950s and ‘60s, and flaunts its celebration of the past with the world’s highest concentration of mid-20th-century building design and its abundant use of glass. Palm Springs, through its aesthetic, serves as a reminder of post-World War II optimism.
In the Twin Palms neighborhood, for instance, there are no street lights to be found. Street lights mean light pollution, which means an encumbered view of the night’s stars. At daytime, standing inside a 1957-vintage home designed by the late architect William Krisel, it’s hard not to stare at the nearby Santa Rosa Mountains framed through glass that itself soars to the ceiling. You can’t help but gaze up to the heavens in this town and feel