For anyone who has been following this story, it’s with great sadness that those of us in the Palm Springs Valley who love and adore gorgeous architecture recently had to say goodbye to one of the most interesting and iconic buildings in the desert. The former Chart House Restaurant on Highway 111 in Rancho Mirage succumbed to the wrecking ball after a fire devastated the structure in early 2012.
Designed by master architect Ken Kellogg, sporting a spectacular curvilinear roofline, and built right into a rock outcropping, this landmark structure—which housed many beloved restaurants over the years—drew diners and architecture-lovers from around the world since it was completed in 1978. Preservationists fought hard to force the owner to rebuild (at an estimated cost of $5 million dollars), but the Rancho Mirage City Council ultimately voted to allow its demolition. It was a bittersweet day indeed, but deemed necessary to prevent a public safety hazard. Farewell, you stunning structure.