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Quarterly Newsletter 1-2012

1. PSPF has been placed on the Palm Springs Board of Education’s 8 May agenda to discuss the scheduled demolition of the Palm Springs High School Administration Building (1957) designed by Wexler & Harrison. The Unified School District has received dozens of emails objecting to the demolition and you still have time to register your objections to this needless and wasteful demolition. Please send your emails to with a copy to to help us track this ongoing advocacy. PSPF has asked the school district to make these emails part of the official record. See

2. As part of the ongoing advocacy for the PSHS Administration Building, PSPF has produced an “Architects’ Open Letter” to the school district. See

3. Desert Spanish Weekend resulted in PSPF’s most highly-attended house tour ever! If you missed the weekend, our newest tribute journal Desert Spanish: The Early Architecture of Palm Springs is available at the Palm Springs Visitors Center. Author-signed copies of the 80-page scholarly and beautifully-illustrated journal are available at

4. Our sold-out Modernism Week and Desert Spanish Weekend events demanded an unprecedented number of volunteers. The valuable contributions of our volunteers are greatly appreciated and are recognized at

5. Positive resolution of the long-simmering city hall site debate finally occurred at the March 7, 2012 Palm Springs city council meeting. See

6. The Class 1 Historic Site designation of Palm Springs’ first modernist structure, Albert Frey’s Kocher-Samson Building (1934), has been submitted to the city on behalf of PSPF by board member Patrick McGrew. The nomination, unanimously approved by the city’s Historic Site Preservation Board, will be presented to the city council in the near future. See

7. The city is reaching out to interested parties and exploring novel ways to use the Welwood Murray Memorial Library. These novel uses will dictate the configuration of the library but promise to keep the library within its historical footprint. PSPF’s critical role in this lengthy advocacy is chronicled at

8. Congratulations to PSPF member Brian McGuire for his successful effort to place the Wexler & Harrison-designed Steel Development House Number 2 (1962) on the prestigious National Register of Historic Places, a nomination PSPF was very proud to support. To read the nomination see

9. Cabot’s Pueblo Museum in Desert Hot Springs was also recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The nomination for Cabot’s Pueblo Museum was written by PSPF board member Patrick McGrew. To learn more about the museum see

10. For preservation policy wonks, PSPF recently delivered a legal opinion to the city of Palm Springs regarding its poor implementation of the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act. See

11. Welcome to our newest PSPF board member Vincent Williams! Vincent is an active member of the community and a long standing PSPF volunteer. See

A sincere "Thank You!" to our Contributors:

Preservationists ● Patricia A Brotman, M.D. ● David Pence ● Benefactors ● Beverlee & Stan Morse ● David Walden-Berg ● Patrons ● Linda Blank ● Howard Hawkes & Kevin Kemper ● Michael K. Louie ● Pamela Mason ● Advocates ● Ann Coulston ● Stan Deen ● Maja Gruen ● Kathleen Kennell ● Douglas MacBeth ● Merritt Robinson ● Averil & Tyler Smith ● Jeffrey Towns ● Contributors ● Henry Blackham ● Sue Bishop ● Martie & Ron Diddy ● Michael Dryja ● Lynn Gibson ● Gregory Gilman ● Vicki Lucia ● Richard Nicholson ● Kevin Roy ●

And to our Retro Martini Party & Desert Spanish Weekend Partners:

Jazzercise ● Tito's Handmade Vodka ● Carousel Catering ● Modernism Magazine ● Mr. Cox Vintage Couture ● Signs By Tomorrow ● Beau Monde Villas ● Wright Design Group ● Hedge Vintage Eclectic Furnishings ● Richard Allen Associates ● Gary Wexler Design ● Casa Cody ● Michael H. Lord Gallery ● Trio ● Lyle Realtors ● Greater Palm Springs Realty/Vacation Palm Springs ● Hacienda Hot Springs Inn ● Workshop Kitchen & Bar ● Claravoyant Design ●

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