The Rancho Super Car Wash, better known as the “Elephant Car Wash” opened in 1966 along Highway 111 in the tony town of Rancho Mirage near Palm Springs.
The monument was designed by legendary neon artist Beatrice Haverfield of Seattle for a chain of car washes in Washington State. While there are still about 14 Elephant Car Washes in Washington State, only a few examples of Bea’s original sign remain.
To celebrate their collaboration and support of Desert X, Gucci and The North Face created a stylish geodesic dome to serve as the dedicated Pit Stop for visitors to Desert X 2021. This installation is covered in patterns from The North Face x Gucci collection, using different materials that relate to landscapes, travel and exploration.
Located in downtown Palm Springs, The Pit Stop is located in close proximity to a number of hiking trails in the area and just steps away from the Palm Springs Art Museum and the entrance of the Cactus to Clouds trailhead, a challenging 19.8 mile point-to-point trail featuring soaring Coachella Valley vistas.
The 15th annual Modernism Week love fest to mid-century architecture, design, aficionados and lifestyles has concluded under the sunny desert skies of Palm Springs, California.
We had a great time visiting and photographing a spectrum of mid-century masterpieces – from homes and commercial architecture to vintage travel trailers, including a few photographs we’ve shared here over the past week or so.
We leave it with this photograph of the popular Modernism Week tour bus photo-bombing us while making a stop at Palm Springs City Hall.
It’s exactly 111 miles from Paramount Studios in Los Angeles to the racquet club in downtown Palm Springs. For gas-thirsty cars of the 1960s, this classic Albert Frey-designed Enco gas station, with it’s cantilever roof built in 1965, was a welcome sight for movie stars arriving to the city for a secret getaway from Hollywood.
Highway 111 was as busy as ever when we made this photo, while the building lives on as the Palm Springs Visitor Center.
A must stop when visiting Palm Springs for lovers of interesting architecture.
We enjoyed our visit to the Palm Springs Air Museum recently, where 59 flyable and static vintage World War II and Korea/Vietnam era aircraft are on display on the tarmac at the Palm Springs Airport (PSP) and inside four climate-controlled hangars totaling 86,000 square feet.
On many weekends, you can book a ride over the skies of Palm Springs in one of their vintage warbirds, including a C-47 Skytrain, P-51 Mustang, T-28B Trojan or the T-33 Shooting Star Jet.
The Palm Springs Air Museum is located at 745 North Gene Autry Trail.