The Royal Hawaiian Estates is an excellent example of Tiki-themed modern architecture in Palm Springs. The buildings are the work of master architects, Richard Harrison, and Donald Wexler, and thus are significant for their association with prolific local architects of national prominence. Architects Donald Wexler and Richard Harrison combined modernist ideas with Polynesian themes when they designed the Royal Hawaiian Estates in south Palm Springs. Built in 1960, the complex has 12 buildings with 40 units on 5 acres. Wooden tiki ornaments and other decorative details give the buildings and the grounds a tropical feel.
The building represents the overall residential development during the post-war era and contributes to the mid-century modernist character so strongly identified with Palm Springs.
On February 3rd, 2010, the Palm Springs City Council voted 4-1 to make the Royal Hawaiian Estates the first residential historic district in the city of Palm Springs!