An Oasis for the Famous
In 1912 Dr. Alexander J. Chandler founded a small town just southeast of Phoenix. Naming it after himself, Dr. Chandler had big plans for his little town hoping to create a “jewel in the desert.” Dr. Chandler believed his town could one day become a totally planned community and an oasis in the desert where the rich and famous would flock. The Resort opened in 1913 with 35 guest rooms, a lobby, dining room, ballroom, and a full range of resort amenities like golf, horseback riding, and polo. One of the design accents that became a trademark feature of the resort was the construction of pergolas, which framed almost the entire structure. To this day, the resort remains one of the best examples of integrated Mission Revival design in Arizona.
The San Marcos Resort became a desert playground for the rich and famous. Hollywood celebrities, socialites, athletes, authors & artists traveled from all over the world to soak up the warm Arizona sun. Some of the Hollywood stars known to have stayed at the Resort include legends such as Fred Astaire, Joan Crawford, Bing Crosby, Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart, Gloria Swanson, Cher, President Herbert Hoover, Christian Dior, Gene Tunney and Margaret Saner.