The dreamy Palm Springs vibe washes over the traveler at the first sight from land or air of the vast wind mill farm sprouting from the Southern California desert, surrounding the town like guards at the gate to paradise. Their whirling blades seem to clear the air, invoking a strong shift in sense of place.
Here are my impressions of this storied American resort town and its mid century modern lifestyle from the vantage point of a part-time resident—documenting, with a positive bias, my ongoing and endless discoveries of my second home and its community of mid twentieth century modern enthusiasts.
This large and tight-knit group of self-proclaimed modernists is firmly committed to a lifestyle from the past and the preservation of its architecture. Their homes, cars, and clothes pay homage to a carefree post-World War II time in U. S. history that glows warmly in their vintage rear-view mirrors. Regardless of their first-hand knowledge of 1950s and sixties America, these Palm Springs modernists find comfort in the reenactment of gentler times.