Friday, December 06, 2013
Church Arson and Carol Channing
The City of Palm Springs recently celebrated its 75th birthday, which means their midcentury modern "historic" buildings are of fairly recent vintage. This makes for some serious conflict between preservationists and developers who can't figure out how to use old shells for new uses. (Click here for a Palm Springs Life article on the subject.)
Last September there was a fire of suspicious origin in downtown Palm Springs at the 1935 Community Church designed by William Charles Tanner, and it's being blamed on vagrants, though the arsonists could have been anyone.
Historic legends of a different sort also populate the area, including former Broadway star Carol Channing.
She was in Palm Springs Thursday evening as a celebrity guest for the annual downtown Christmas tree lighting where the city gives away hot cocoa and LED Christmas lights.
Channing is looking great for her 92 years and my only regret is not capturing a photo of her gold glitter go-go boots.