AKA: Ingleside Inn, Palm Springs, CA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings -public accommodations - hotels; built works - dwellings -public accommodations - inns

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: [unspecified]

200 West Ramon Road
Palm Springs, CA 92264-7333

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West Ramon Road at South Belardo Road.

Humphrey Birge, part of the family that owned the Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company of Buffalo, NY, erected this estate in 1925; it was sold in 1935 to Ruth Hardy, an Indiana native, who remodeled the old Birge estate into the Ingleside Inn, an exclusive, 20-room hotel, that attracted guests by invitation only. Hardy operated the inn only 6 months of the year, opening it to vacationers during the winter months. Hardy became an important and connected figure in Palm Springs, serving on the City Council. In 1965, Winston S. Cowgill III, a San Francisco resident and frequent guest, bought the Ingleside Inn with the hope of maintaining it as an exclusive resort. The New Yorker, Melvyn Haber, purchased the inn in 04/1975, and set about its renovation. Shortly thereafter, Haber opened Melvyn's Restaurant and the Casablanca Lounge at the facility.

Tel: 760.325.0046 (2008);

Melvyn Haber spent approximately $500,000 on the renovation of the Ingleside Inn between 04/1975-09/1975.

Palm Springs Historic Site (05/2007): ID n/a

PCAD id: 8943