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Quarterly Newsletter 1-2011

1. Despite the community-driven visioning sessions that shaped a clever plan to break-up the downtown superblock and spared the historic Town & Country Center (the “Preferred Concept Plan”), on March 2, 2011, city leaders may have fumbled an opportunity by allowing the developer to recycle his unnecessary “road to nowhere” through the Paul R. Williams/A. Quincy Jones-designed Town & Country Center.

2. In other Town & Country Center news, on April 29-30 PSPF will host Mr. Sanford Garner, the president of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). Mr. Garner will visit the Town & Country Center and meet with PSPF board members to discuss our ongoing T&CC advocacy. Mr. Garner is very aware of the contributions Paul R. Williams made in paving the way for today’s minority architects.

3. On April 20, 2011 the Palm Springs city council approved the submission of a redesign of the Welwood Murray Memorial Library. While some details are still in flux, the redesign attempts to stay within the historic footprint of the library. The redesign will now undergo scrutiny by various city boards and commissions and will hopefully result in a product that can be supported by the entire community. For background information on PSPF’s leadership role in this important and ongoing advocacy see

4. On March 16, 2011 the city council approved the Class 1 historic site designation of Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms estate. To read about PSPF’s important role in bringing this nomination to fruition see

5. Alexander Weekend (March 25-27, 2011) was attended by more than 1,000 lovers of great residential architecture. The weekend event garnered national press and was enthusiastically received. We heartily thank our Honorary Chairperson Jill Alexander Kitnick, our 15 sponsors, 18 tribute journal underwriters, 44 homeowners and 27 volunteers who made the event a smashing success. For a fun photo carousel of the weekend's events see PSPF’s 60-page tribute journal “The Alexanders: A Desert Legacy,” authored by PSPF board member Jim Harlan, is now available locally at the Palm Springs Visitors Center (2901 North Palm Canyon). Signed copies of the tribute journal are available for purchase at

6. PSPF recently awarded grants of $1,400 and $1,600 to the Park Imperial South Homeowners Association and the Historic Tennis Club Neighborhood Organization respectively.
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7. PSPF was proud to be the beneficiary of a portion of the proceeds of a Route 66 West Antiques exhibition entitled Artful Living: The Art and Jewels of Judith Hendler on display from April 2-16, 2011. PSPF thanks Route 66 West Antiques (465 North Palm Canyon Drive) principal Matt Burkholz and artist/jeweler Judith Hendler for their generosity.

8. PSPF is proud to announce the addition of two new board members, Ron Duby and Erik Rosenow. Former PSPF board member Richard “Kip” Serafin, who served on the board for more than three years, has resigned to devote more time to business opportunities. We sincerely thank Kip for his hundreds of hours of selfless volunteerism and especially his help with partner (sponsor) relations. See

9. Remember to join our 800-strong Facebook fan page for breaking preservation news and the opportunity to connect with fellow preservationists and lovers of Palm Springs architecture.

A sincere "Thank You!" to our Contributors:

Preservationists ● Barry & Jill Kitnick ● Patrons ● Scott Chalmers ● Evelene Wechsler ●Advocates ● Gibson Design, LLC ● Howard Hawkes ● Lynda Keeler ● Michael Maloney ● Jan Miller ● James Schnepf ● Contributors ● Terry Anderson ● Vernette Barnhorst ● Gayle DeWitt ● Kris Gillespie ● Tamara Keller ● Cheryl Lefebvre ● David LeVey ● Catherine Mahon ● Stephen Muffatti ● Michelle Neely Saltoun ● Anna Sonser ● Ruth Wyrill ●

And our 2011 year-long Partners:

Paul Kaplan modern real estate GROUP ● 20 First Modern Vintage Furnishings ● Ralph Haverkate Real Estate ● Daniel Donnelly Modern Design Studio ● Mark Spohn, Sperry Van Ness ● Gary Wexler Design ● Palm Springs Modernism Week ● Just Fabulous ● Nesteggg Bookkeeping ● Modern Mosaics ● Trust Modern, National Trust for Historic Preservation ● Signs by Tomorrow ●

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