Magazine article Variety

Much Ado About the Cloisters

Magazine article Variety

Much Ado About the Cloisters

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Restoration of Liberace's last digs in Palm Springs turns out less invasive than many thought

When Liberace's Spanish-Mexican-colonial-style masterpiece on the corner of Belardo and Alejo Roads in Palm Springs changed hands a few years ago, preservationists were up in arms about the extreme facelift being implemented by the new owner. The house, in the storied Old Las Palmas neighborhood, was originally built by Alvah Hicks, founder of the Palm Springs Water Co., and has been known by many names, including Casa Teresa, named after Hicks' wife, Casa de Liberace and, finally, the Cloisters, where Liberace lived until his death in 1987.

"(The new owner) was doing some very off and questionable things," says Martin Newman, a designer and restorer of classic Spanish and Mediterranean-style homes who lives in the area. …

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