Wednesday, February 22, 2017
PSPF was proud to present four free lectures to enthusiastic attendees at the Palm Springs Woman's Club. All attendees received a free copy of PSPF's 2015 tribute journal Sentinels in Stone: Palm Springs' Historic Tennis Club Neighborhood and Its Iconic Walls. The lectures were generously sponsored by HEDGE Vintage | Eclectic Furnishings.
Lost, Saved & Endangered: Modernist Architecture in Palm Springs presented by PSPF board member Gary Johns. Gary's very popular lecture, replete with amusing anecdotes and rarely seen vintage photos, makes a compelling case for the importance of historic preservation. Gary's lecture was followed by a site visit to the recently restored Spanish Eclectic-style La Serena Villas.
Trousdale Estates: Over the Top in Beverly Hills presented by author, historian and PSPF board member Steven Price. Steven's lecture examined Trousdale Estates, an enclave of some 535 large, luxurious, mostly single-story homes in Beverly Hills, California developed by builder Paul Trousdale in the 1950s and 60s.
The Alexanders: A Desert Legacy presented by author, architect and PSPF board member Jim Harlan. Jim lectured on the impact of the Alexander Construction Company on Palm Springs' built environment and described how the firm, led by George and Robert Alexander, developed a formula that combined professional architectural designs with modern building methods.
Saving an Icon: The Restoration of Hotel Lautner presented by Los Angeles interior designer, hotel owner and Palm Springs Preservation Foundation board member Tracy Beckmann. Tracy provided her personal insights into the renovation of the award-winning Hotel Lautner in Desert Hot Springs which was designed by legendary architect John Lautner in 1947.