Thursday, 02 October 2014 18:32
From the Desert Sun:
"Sunset Towers on Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs keeps getting sparked with more life, and now — light.
The three torches standing high above the classic mid-century modern roofline will be re-lighted Sunday, Oct. 12, during the Modernism Week Fall Preview weekend.
The relighting will be part of the Uptown Lights Up The Night event at 7:30 p.m. at the corner of 140 W. Via Lola and N. Palm Canyon Drive. The event is open to the public.
In the past two years, the Sunset Towers complex has been transformed from disrepair back to its 1950s glory when dining spots like Don the Beachcomber was frequented by singer/actor Bing Crosby; film director/producer Mervyn LeRoy — he became head of production at MGM in 1938 and was nominated for an Academy Award as producer of "The Wizard of Oz"; Col. Winthrop Rockefeller, who would become the 37th governor of Arkansas in 1967; and radio comedian Freeman Gosden, who voiced Amos in the "Amos 'n' Andy" show.
Today, the complex is home to Ernest Coffee Co., Bootlegger Tiki, Archangel Gallery and Woodman Shimko Gallery. The restaurant Dish will relocate from Cathedral City to the site in mid-October. The building — renamed The Twist by owners Tim Brinkman and Paul Warrin — also houses 140 Via Lola Apartments with 38 units.
'We are thrilled that the renovation of the building's famed torches was completed in time to be part of the Uptown Design District event," Hawkes said in a statement. "It also provides us with an excellent opportunity to show how we've re-imagined a faded mid-century gem and updated it for the 21st century. With so many people likely to be out and about for the Uptown event, it's the perfect time to re-light the flame.'"
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