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Frank Sinatra Jr. Lives Up To Father’s Name

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Growing up under one of the most famed musician ever can be a tough act, but Frank Frank Sinatra JrSinatra Jr. has played it well.  Born on January 10, 1944 in Jersey City, New Jersey, Franklin Wayne Emmanuel Sinatra is the son of the well known musician and actor Frank Sinatra and Nancy Barbato. 

The family as a whole has lived up to the last name as Frank Sinatra Jr. has a younger sister Tina who is a television producer and an older singer and actress Nancy Sinatra.  However, Frank Jr. is perhaps the most famous of the siblings with his own musical career.  Over the years is has been an American singer, songwriter and conductor.

There is no question that music was in the blood of Frank Jr.  Despite hardly ever seeing his father who was constantly on the road performing, he does recall wanting to become a piano player and songwriter very early in life.  It did not take long before he was performing at local clubs and venues in his early teens.

He became the vocalist for Sam Donahue’s band at the age of 19 and was often seen learning the music business with Duke Ellington as well.  He knew the time and effort that would have to be invested into performing in order to become the type of musician he wanted.  By the time he was 24, Frank Jr. had performed in 47 states and 30 countries, was a guest host on countless television shows, had sung with his own band in Las Vegas casinos, and was building up the reputation of someone who went through rigorous rehearsals and high musical standards.

Frank Jr. was quick to note that having a famous father did open some doors.  But at the same time, he said it meant he had to work three times as hard to live up to the expectations.  In addition to performing, he also appeared in the Sammy Davis Jr. television drama A Man Called Adam in 1966. 

In the midst of all of his fame and pursuance of a musical career, he was kidnapped at the age of 19 on December 8, 1963 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.  The kidnappers demanded a $240,000 ransom, which was paid by Frank Sr. and Frank Jr. was released two days later.  The kidnappers would later be captured, prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to short prison terms.

Over the years Frank Sinatra Jr. has appeared in many television shows and has released several new songs and albums.  He had a guest spot playing himself on The Sopranos for a short time along with a single appearance in a 2006 episode and a 2008 of Family Guy.

In 2006 he released an album entitled That Face! that included well-known songs “You’ll Never Know” and “Spice.”  Although he is by no means as famous as his father, Frank Sinatra Jr. has certainly lived a fulfilling and successful life thus far.  From his music to guest roles in television shows to guest appearances on late night shows, Frank Jr. has continued to be in the eye of the public.

The Frank Sinatra House in Twin Palms Palm Springs, California

Designed in 1947 by E. Stewart Williams for Frank Sinatra and his first wife, Nancy Barbato, Twin Palms is a spectacular example of mid-century architecture in the heart of Palm Springs’ Movie Colony community.  E. Stewart Williams created a masterpiece residence with seamless interior / exterior flow.  Twin Palms Estate is located just around the corner from residences once owned by Al Jolson, Jack Benny and Cary Grant.  This Palm Springs luxury vacation rental estate boasts both luxury and historical and architectural significance.

William F. Cody, Architect, Palm Springs CA

Monday, April 21st, 2008

William Cody, Del Marcos Hotel

Some of the modern architect in Palm Springs, California is credited to the hard work and diligence of William F. Cody, a man well known for his building of many popular landmarks still fully functioning today.Although he hailed from Dayton, Ohio, he attended USC and following his graduation moved to Palm Springs where he began his long admired journey into modernism. In 1947 Cody designed and built his first hotel, the Del Marcos which is one of the main locations today known for its breath taking, modern design.

Built with an awe inspiring view of the San Jacinto mountains in the background, this magnificent hotel is located a mere one block from downtown historic Palm Springs.In 1955, Cody helped design, in a joint project with other architects, the Spa Hotel. This design boasts the classic angles and designs that mark it as a modern masterpiece. Following this group creation was Cody’s double flaunt for the public eye, the Springs Restaurant and the Eldorado Country Club, both of which became well known public gathering locations famous for drawing in many crowds.The J.B. Shamel residence was designed and built in 1961 and shortly following was his next great creation of the home once owned by designer Hal Broderick, the Abernathy House. Built in 1962, this fantastic home is one of Cody’s best remembered projects.The later years of his career produced some of his most well known works, both the Palm Springs Library and the Theresa Catholic Church, built in 1973. These were his last projects completed before he suffered a stroke and passed away in 1978.

Both locations are steeped in modernism, giving them a much coveted place on the list of local wonders. With the inside of the library boasting open spaces and modern design that makes the most of windows and light, the beauty is rivaled only by the outward design that draws attention of visitors and locals alike. Recognized as one of the designers responsible for a broad range of residential and commercial projects, his notoriety expands over Havana, San Diego, Palm Springs, and many other locations. Popular for wide expanses of space and large windows with sloping angles most often associated with modern architect, Cody left a legacy of beauty and inspiration not only for future predecessors of architects and designers, but also for those that visit and live in his creations. Although his passing is mourned, his buildings live on as a historic part of Palm Springs and in numerous other locations. Showing a genuine passion for design and uniqueness, Cody created memories and projects that have lasted decades, and will last for many more. These projects have served to inspire later architects in both design and efficiency.

From hotels to homes, clubs to churches, William F. Cody gave something to the world to inspire and change the people around them. His projects are remembered for their beauty of design and their awareness of life. Come experience Palm Springs, experience modernism in a way guaranteed to make you feel right at home.

Elaine Stewart

William Krisel Architect - A Legend in Palm Springs Architecture

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008


With the myriad of astounding architectural designs used in and around Palm Springs, it is obvious that some of the most notorious architects have lived or designed there. One of the more noteworthy ones being William Krisel, AIA of the firm Palm & Krisel which began it’s reign in 1924. Since 1954 William Krisel has been invariably building his fame and notoriety, literally, as a landscape architect and winning the hearts of many with his intriguing designs that have lasted over a duration of time. Some of his more popular designs have been used world wide as models for studies and instruction in the intricacies of modern architecture.

Over the course of his fifty-one year career, he is personally responsible for having designed well over thirty thousand domestic units in and around the Southern half of California. This incredible career began when he responded to an invitation from a close friend to design some houses in modern style which were to be named Royal Desert Palms. These distinguished homes are now referred to as Twin Palms due to the pair of Palm trees that accompanied each home. His resume contains such professionally designed buildings such as the Las Palmas Estates, the Sandpiper condominiums in Indian Wells and Palm Desert as well as numerous others. His reputation was rightly earned and it’s reach was far.


Modernism Week in Palm Springs

Monday, February 11th, 2008


Palm Springs, CA is truly becoming a city that never rests. Although this might seem contradictory to the general atmosphere in the scenic town, it has begun to define the majority of activities there. With something going on nearly every week, it comes as no surprise to announce another awe inspiring occasion.

This annual event has gained notoriety for the exciting mosaic of a multitude of architectural and design programs and events that are taking place in Palm Springs. This collaboration between some of the hierarchical seats of power in Palm Springs, such as the Palm Springs Historical Society, Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce, Palm Springs Preservation Foundation, the Modernism Show, and the Palm Springs Art Museum is one sight you simply must see.

To attend this annual show is something to remember from the amazing sights to the splendor and grandeur of the scenic surroundings. With the focus set on architect and design, attendees are made privy to an awe inspiring collection of the old designs in conjunction with the new, bringing the past and the present into comparison to help re-invent Palm Springs and the beautiful history, both cultural and architectural. (more…)