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1-2013 Quarterly Newsletter

1. On January 16, 2013 the Palm Springs city council voted unanimously to designate the J.W. Robinson Department Store building (1958, Luckman & Pereira) a Class 1 Historic Site. While noting the owner’s opposition to the historic designation, the council determined the designation was just "too important" to the citizens of the city. The nomination, prepared by PSPF board member Ron Marshall, can be read at

2. On February 6, 2013 the Palm Springs city council voted unanimously to designate the James Logan Abernathy Residence (1962, William F. Cody) a Class 1 historic site. City council members applauded the scholarship of the nomination prepared by PSPF board member Patrick McGrew and the continuing stewardship of the current owner. See

3. The Sandpiper Condominium Circles 11 and 12 (1965, Palmer & Krisel) historic district nomination has been enthusiastically received and is being reviewed by the city of Palm Desert's Cultural Resources Preservation Committee. The nomination, prepared by PSPF board member Jim Harlan, can be read at

4. The Chart House Restaurant (1978, Kendrick Bangs Kellogg) has been completely demolished and the city and citizens of Rancho Mirage have lost an important historic resource. See

5. The city of Palm Springs is seeking three volunteers to fill vacancies on its Historic Site Preservation Board. Applicants must be Palm Springs residents. Residents may apply online but must do so by Thursday April 11, 2013. We strongly encourage those citizens interested in historic preservation to get involved in the important work of this board. See

6. On March 23, 2013 at 11:30AM, before a crowd of about 100 Leisure Life Weekend tourgoers and Villa Roma homeowners, PSPF made a special matching grant presentation of $950 to the Villa Roma Homeowners Association (VRHOA). The matching grant, presented in the rotunda of the Villa Roma condominium complex, was intended for "the purchase, installation and painting," of a replacement Romanesque female statue recently obtained by the VRHOA. See

7. PSPF's Events in Celebration of Modernism Week (February 14-24, 2013) were an unqualified success. All our past events can be found on our aptly named "Past Events" tab and include photos of the event. See

8. Thank you to all who attended the art event "Modern Love" at I.M.A.G.E.S by Gideon Fine Art Gallery. PSPF was a beneficiary of a portion of the sales from that great event. For details see

9. "Leisure Life" Weekend (March 22-24, 2013) brought together 750 tourgoers to enjoy a record 24 houses! Our thanks to the 43 homeowners and 36 volunteer docents who made the event a success. The celebratory weekend brought long-overdue recognition to Palm Springs' unique midcentury condominium lifestyle and was accompanied by the release of a tribute journal entitiled The Architecture of Desert Leisure by PSPF board member Erik Rosenow. See

10. PSPF is partnering with the Paul Kaplan real estate GROUP to participate in the city of Palm Springs' 75th Birthday Celebration (1938-2013). The event will take place from 3-7:30PM on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the O'Donnell Golf Course. Tents will be set up to celebrate the various decades of the city's history. The Kaplan-PSPF tent will showcase the contributions of the Alexander Construction Company.

11. The Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley's 8th Annual Desert Garden Tour is scheduled from 1-4PM on Sunday, April 14, 2013. Many of these gardens are on the grounds of historically important and architecturally interesting local residences. For more information and tickets see

12. If you are interested in helping PSPF as our "Administrative Officer" please contact PSPF board member Gary Johns at This modestly-paid position requires excellent organizational skills, computer proficiency and attention to detail but could be personally rewarding to someone enthusiastic about historic preservation.

13. Remember that PSPF's tribute journals are always on sale at the Palm Springs Visitors Center in the historic Tramway Gas Station (1963, Frey & Chambers). The Visitors Center is also now stocking our Steel Modern After All These Years booklet written by PSPF board member Patrick McGrew. The booklet was published in conjunction with our Modernism Week tour celebrating 75 years of steel building construction in Palm Springs.

PATRICK MCGREW - In Memoriam Contributions

Donald Andreini & Steven Crabiel ● Alvin Baum ● Charlie Ciali & George Janofsky ● Tracy Conrad & Paul Marut ● Larry Deitz & Al Keve ● Ron Duby & Ken Fulton ● Jane Greene ● Catherine Gribbel-Beautyman ● Lenore Levinson ● Ron & Barbara Marshall ● Stan & Beverlee Morse ● Roger C. Palmer, PhD ● Erik & Ashley Rosenow ● Gary & Mary Wexler ● Vincent Williams & Dominique Vythelingum ●

A sincere "Thank You!" to our Contributors:

Preservationist ● Garth Gilpin ● Benefactor ● Steve Treinen ● Patrons ● Edward Barlow ● Laurence Chrysler ● Richard von Ernst ● Advocates ● Sean Ayoub ● Greg Brown ● Marc Giroux ● Matthew Reader ● Bob Shure ● Contributors ● Ann Abercombie ● Richard Crowley ● Amanda Erlinger ● Don Graybill ● Christine Jurenka ● Carrie Lange ● Jack Palmtag ● David Walden-Berg ●

And to our 2013 year-long Partners:

20 First Modern & Vintage Furnishings ● Team Haverkate ● Just Modern New Century Modern ● Paul Kaplan modern real estate GROUP ● Signs By Tomorrow ● Gary Wexler Design ●

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