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Quarterly Newsletter 1-2010

1. During the first quarter of 2010 PSPF membership surpassed 1,000 strong! While the vast majority of members are from Palm Springs and California, we also have members from 31 states, the District of Columbia and 5 foreign countries.

2. Please join our Facebook page for breaking preservation news and the opportunity to connect with fellow preservationists and lovers of Palm Springs architecture. See

3. The SUNMOR House Tour is on April 17th from 10AM-1PM. Sunmor is a city-recognized neighborhood and is composed of a remarkably intact collection of beautiful midcentury homes. Proceeds from the event benefit the Sunmor Neighborhood Organization. For more information and tickets see

4. Our educational Casablanca Adobe open house event on March 21st attracted more than 200 interested members of the public. Special thanks to gracious homeowners Al Sophianopoulos and Jeff Trachta who were recognized by councilmember Rick Hutcheson with a framed copy of their home’s future entry in PSPF’s Class 1 booklet. For more details and photos see

5. Our Diane Keaton book signing at the O’Donnell House on March 28th was a very successful public relations event and included a surprise appearance by actor Jeff Garlin. For more details and photos see If you missed the event, a very limited number of signed copies of Diane’s book are available at

6. On February 10, 2010 PSPF Board member Patrick McGrew gave an educational lecture on the work of architect William Cody at the Rancho Mirage Library sponsored by the City of Rancho Mirage’s Historic Preservation Commission. After the lecture PSPF distributed 120 complimentary copies of its 2004 Cody tribute journal.

7. Despite the March 28th assertion in the Desert Sun newspaper that the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians "plans to eventually demolish" the William Cody-designed Spa Hotel, on March 30th the tribe's Chief Planning and Development Officer, Mr. Tom Davis, assured PSPF President Ron Marshall that pending the completion of a formal environmental review no decision on the future of the Spa Hotel has been made. Further, with regard to the specific issue of demolition, Mr. Davis asserted that the "Tribal Council does not hold that position or any other" at this time. The tribe is in receipt of a May 30, 2008 letter from PSPF and others that outlines the historic and architectural significance of the Spa Hotel complex. Background information on this issue can be found at

8. The city of Palm Springs has decided to consider a redesign of the city hall parking lot in light of concerns voiced by PSPF and others. It is hoped that any redesign will closely mirror the present historic footprint to preserve unobstructed views of the Frey-designed Class 1 historic site. For more information see

9. The overwhelming success of PSPF's Wexler Weekend (January 22-24, 2010) continues pay dividends for the city of Palm Springs' architectural tourism industry. See the Celebrating Wexler article written by PSPF board member Richard "Kip" Serafin on page 17 of the March 2010 issue of the Recent Past Preservation Network Bulletin at

10. PSPF events in celebration of February's Modernism Week included a free Meet the Architect social at Digs with architect Don Wexler and Wexler tribute journal author Patrick McGrew, a free lecture on Lost, Saved & Endangered: Modernist Architecture in Palm Springs by PSPF board member Gary Johns and a tour of Frank Sinatra's beautiful midcentury Twin Palms estate. PSPF's spectacular Retro Martini Party with live music by the Martini Kings was held at the Lautner-designed Arthur Elrod House on Southridge and was attended by more than 350 aficionados of great architecture. A Retro Martini Party photo carousel will be posted on our website next week at

11. In addition to our window display at 193 S. Palm Canyon Drive, PSPF is proud to participate in the city’s “Storefront Display Program” with the installation of three pages from our Class 1 booklet in a vacant storefront at 180 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way. According to the city, the program is “designed to enhance the visual impact of vacant storefront windows and provide a stimulating ambiance to the community.”

A sincere "Thank You!" to our Contributors:

Patrons ● Arnold Kassoy ● Julie Reyes Taubman ● Advocates ● Barbara & Bernie Cain ● Michael Cavallo ● Judith Fisher ● Seymour Phillips ● Contributors ● Kathy Carr ● Terry Casella ● Sally Hedberg ● Joan Leonard ● Peter Loforte ● Brian McGuire ● Richard Morris ● Jonathan Petrie ● Nancy Ramamurthi ● Andrea Terry ● David Walden-Berg ●

And our 2010 year-long Sponsors:

Paul Kaplan Modern Real Estate ● Palm Springs Modernism Week ● M. Joan Martin ● Signs by Tomorrow ●

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