Property address: 39000 Bob Hope Drive
Property name: Eisenhower Medical Center
Architect: Edward Durrell Stone and others
Date built: 1969
Status: HPC 2003 survey
In 1961, Bob Hope purchased 300 acres from Hank Gogerty and in 1966 donated 80 acres for the development of a medical center to serve the desert area. Named after the former president who had enjoyed vacationing in Rancho Mirage, the Eisenhower Medical Center was constructed with substantial support from the community. Dedicated in 1971, the initial building was designed by internationally renowned architect Edward Durrell Stone. Subsequent additions reflected the generous endowments of many residents and included the Probst, Kiewit, and Wright Professional Buildings, the Annenberg Center, the Betty Ford Center, the Hal B. Wallis Research Facility, the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center, and the Dolores Hope Outpatient Center, among others.