Tramway Gas Station

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Tramway Gas Station
Palm Springs Official Visitors Center.jpg
Palm Springs Visitor Center, 2009.
General information
Status Complete
Architectural style Desert Modern
Location 2901 North Palm Canyon
Palm Springs, California
United States
Coordinates 33°51′30″N 116°33′29″W / 33.8584°N 116.5581°W / 33.8584; -116.5581Coordinates: 33°51′30″N 116°33′29″W / 33.8584°N 116.5581°W / 33.8584; -116.5581
Current tenants Palm Springs Visitor Center
Completed 1965
Owner City of Palm Springs
Technical details
Floor area 2,300 sq ft (210 m2)
Design and construction

The Tramway Gas Station is a landmark former Enco service station in Palm Springs, California, USA, so named because of its location at the foot of Tramway Road, the lone road leading to the base of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. It was intended to be the first Palm Springs building visitors saw when approaching the city from the north via California State Route 111.


The building with its distinctive, cantilevered, wedge-shaped canopy (referred to as a hyperbolic paraboloid on a historic marker mounted on the building) was built in 1965 and was designed by Albert Frey and Robson C. Chambers. It is considered to be a prime example of modernism in architecture.

The station had closed by the mid 1990s and its fate was in doubt until its purchase by a private interest who erected a wall around the property and converted it into an art gallery. It was designated a Class 1 Historic Site in 1998. [1]

It serves today as the Palm Springs Visitor Center.[2]

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  1. ^ Kremer, Lydia (April 2015). "Brad Dunning Tracks Impressive Record in Architectural Restoration". Retrieved 5/7/15.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ Lotter, Jane (16 October 2003). "Last Chance for Gas". National Trust for Historic Preservation. 

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