Preservation Mirage members include historians, writers, archivists, project managers, interior designers, and architects. Many have restored or modernized midcentury homes and can recommend suppliers and resources. Members of the group benefit from exchanging ideas and information on preservation issues to do with planning, building, interior remodels, etc.
If you would like to discover more about your home's history, Preservation Mirage will be happy to help. Email us at info@PreservationMirage.org. Preservation Mirage can, also, help with guidance and research on historic site or historic district applications to the City of Rancho Mirage and its Historic Preservation Commission. The city’s submission requirements are under review but application forms can be found HERE.
Research Your Own Home
If you’re interested in researching your own home, its architect, and the original homeowner, the following two resources are available free for the public to access and include old telephone directories for the Greater Palm Springs area, access to the Desert Sun’s digitized newspaper archive, and - via US Modernist - information on individual architects and access to historic architecture magazines.
USMODERNIST.ORG/LIBRARY is the largest open digital collection of major U.S. 20th-century architecture magazines and freely available to the public.
ACCESSINGTHEPAST.ORG is a cooperative effort between Accessing the Past Digital History Collaborative, the Palm Springs Public Library, the California State Library and other community partners to make their historic collections available to everyone.
City of Rancho Mirage Historic Preservation Commission
The Historic Preservation Commission was established to develop a program to provide a way to identify certain structures and sites which represent eras, events or persons important in the City’s cultural, archaeological, social, economic, architectural and/or political history for the purpose of encouraging the preservation, improvement and promotion of the City’s treasured properties. Click HERE for the HPC website to access additional information including the Register of Historical Resources designated by the City.