“Ojo del Desierto” – House Beautiful (July, 1928)

In the early 1920s, multimillionaire Tom O’Donnell came to Palm Springs seeking after relief of his respiratory ailment. After Tom married and returned from their honeymoon, they took joy in finding their extravagant residence. In fact, in 1928, the O’Donnells’ house was the subject of a feature article in House Beautiful magazine entitled “Ojo del Desierto”.

The article, written by Mary Kellogg, includes pictures of a cactus garden, wrought iron gate, the terrace, Indian rugs, the Living Room, and more. “‘Ojo del Desierto’ has been so designed that it seems to settle into its mountain site without hurting the mountain, which is a good deal for a house to accomplish.”

Now the property is mainly known as The O’Donnell House at The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn. When you combine The O’Donnell House with The Willows, the arrangement makes for a terrific venue for hosting weddings, special events, private parties, fundraising galas, and corporate retreats. These properties feature a veranda, desert gardens, a waterfall, as well as a large swimming pool area. For the sake of privacy, the properties are only open to guests and staff.

Step into the past and discover what the O’Donnell House was like at the end of the 1920s by reading the article here (as a PDF).

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