Park Imperial Community Association is a community of 51 modernist condominiums designed by celebrated architect, Barry Berkus and developed by noted Palm Springs developer, Jack Meiselman.
The complex embodies the Palm Spring's trademark Mid Century Modern styling with its spider beam construction, clerestory windows and walls of glass. These features capitalize on the 300 days of sunny skies a year, offering up dramatic views of the desert vistas and majestic mountains.
Park Imperial’s Trudy Richards was a fictional Character created for Advertising.
Park Imperial Riviera was later changed to Park Imperial and was developed by the father/son developer team, Richard L. Weiss. The developer’s pseudonym was “Trudy Richards” as a prominently displayed ceramic tile at the entrance of each Park Imperial unit. Mr. Berkus reported during his site visit in 2011 that “Trudy Richards” is a composite of the first names of Richard L. Weiss and his wife Trudy, combined for marketing proposes. (Phillipe, City of Palm Springs Citywide Historic Context Statement draft pg 233) Trudy Richards also appears in newspaper articles for other developments describing semi-custom tract homes in Los Angles and Long Beach.
Trudy Richards was created like Betty Crocker to sell the American family the idea of a new America. Below is the first paragraph taken from the advertising presentation.
“The entire grounds, swimming pools, and other facilities are completely private and may be used only by the owners of the individual residences and their invited guest.”