1. On January 15, 2014 the Palm Springs city council approved an amendment to the city's historic resources ordinance (Chapter 8.05 of the Palm Springs Municipal Code) expanding the definition of a "Class 3" structure to include buildings constructed prior to 1969 (previously the definition only extended to pre-1945 properties). Arguably, Class 3 protection now extends to the Town & Country Center (1948, Paul R. Williams and A. Quincy Jones) and gives a citizen the right to appeal any proposed demolition permit to the city's Historic Site Preservation Board. To read PSPF's letter in support of the Class 3 expansion see http://www.pspreservationfoundation.org/tcc.html.
2. On April 8, 2014 the Class 1 historic site nomination for the Paul Dougherty Residence (1942, John Porter Clark) was enthusiastically endorsed by the city's Historic Site Preservation Board and forwarded to the city council for action. The residence, beautifully sited at 1860 North Vista Drive in Little Tuscany, was first home to seascape painter Paul Dougherty, then Seattle businessman William Edris and later Senator Warren Magnuson (D-WA). To read the 48-page nomination sponsored by PSPF see http://www.pspreservationfoundation.org/dougherty_historic_site.html.
3.On March 26, 2014 PSPF delivered the Class 1 historic site nomination for the Town & Desert Apartments (1947, Herbert Burns) to the city's Historic Site Preservation Board. Located at 370 West Arenas Road, the Town & Desert Apartments (today the "Hideaway" hotel) were lovingly restored by owners Christy Eugenis and Stan Amy in 2001 with the help of Lance O'Donnell of o2 Architecture. The 41-page nomination is full of great vintage photos and includes fascinating information about the talented and prolific architectural designer Herbert Burns. To read the nomination see http://www.pspreservationfoundation.org/town_desert_apartments.html.
4. PSPF is proud to support "National Preservation Month" being celebrated by the city of Palm Springs on May 17, 2014 at the Palm Springs Woman's Club (314 South Cahuilla Road). PSPF board member Tracy Conrad is scheduled to take part in a panel discussion about the challenges of preservation. PSPF will also have a table at the event so be sure to stop in and say Hello! For details see our Calendar at http://www.pspreservationfoundation.org/.
5. Congratulations to Racquet Club Cottages West (today known as "Racquet Club Garden Villas") for receiving their historic plaque in record time! See a photo of the shiny new plaque at http://www.pspreservationfoundation.org/raquet_ club_cottages_west.html.
6. On Sunday March 2, 2014 Palm Desert's newest historic district, Sandpiper Circles 11 and 12, celebrated receiving two historic plaques (one for each circle!). See a photo at http://www.pspreservationfoundation.org/sandpiper.html.
7. PSPF's Modernism Week 2014 events were a smashing success. All of our house tours sold out, PSPF board member Gary Johns presented his Lost, Saved and Endangered lecture to a standing-room only crowd and our Retro Martini Party at the Walt & Lily Disney Residence was magical. To read about it all go to our archives page at http://www.pspreservationfoundation.org/past_events.html.
8. To read the latest "From the President" letter see http://www.pspreservationfoundation.org/.
9. PSPF's membership is now more than 2,100 strong! Please be sure to tell your friends that membership is free!