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1-2015 Quarterly Newsletter

1. The Aberdeen project, which proposes to demolish 75% of Tahquitz Plaza (1971, Kaptur & Lapham), is scheduled to go before the Palm Springs city council on Wednesday, April 15th at 6PM. The city has received a flood of emails from PSPF members strenuously objecting to the Aberdeen project and asking that Tahquitz Plaza be preserved and re-purposed. Last Saturday the Desert Sun newspaper devoted an entire page of letters to the editor on the topic (all in support of preservation) and further reported that the paper had "received more letters than space allowed for printing on Tahquitz Plaza." You can still add your voice to the public outcry by sending an email (Subject: Aberdeen) to the Palm Springs city clerk at email For more information on this important advocacy see

2. On April 1, 2015 the Palm Springs city council voted 4-1 to approve the historic district designation of the Pompeii de Las Palmas (PDLP) condominium complex (1964). PDLP, described as a "hidden gem," is a delightful Roman Revival-style modernist complex that remains remarkably intact. This is the city's fourth historic district. To read the 32-page PDLP nomination authored by PSPF board member Jim Harlan go to

3. On March 16, 2015 PSPF submitted the historic district nomination of Sandcliff Garden Apartment Homes. The 40 units of Sandcliff were developed by the Berkeley Square Company and designed by Sherwin L. Barton. The 45-page nomination was authored by PSPF researcher Melissa Riche and can be read at

4. On March 3, 2015 PSPF submitted the Class 1 historic site nomination for the Theodore & Claire Morse Residence. One of the most interesting modernist homes in the prestigious Vista Las Palmas neighborhood of Palm Springs, the Morse Residence (1960) started life as an Alexander tract home designed by the firm of Palmer & Krisel. In 1961, the Morses commissioned renowned Los Angeles architect Hal Levitt to extensively alter and add to the house. The 42-page nomination was authored by PSPF board members Ron and Barbara Marshall. To read the nomination see

5. Former board member Gary Grasso is now a member of the PSPF Board of Advisors. Gary specializes in public relations and conceived the clever "This is Palm Springs" postcard campaign during Modernism Week 2015.

6. On Sunday, March 29, 2015 more than 100 attendees visited the John Burnham Residence & Artist's Colony (now Colony 29) to celebrate the release of Sentinels in Stone: Palm Springs' Historic Tennis Club Neighborhood and its Iconic Walls by Steve Vaught. The beautifully illustrated tribute journal chronicles the early architecture of Palm Springs as told through its stone walls and turn of the century stone ruins. See

7. On Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 1:30PM the city of Palm Springs' Historic Site Preservation Board will celebrate National Preservation Month at Temple Isaiah (332 West Alejo Road). Learn about historic preservation, design and architecture in Palm Springs and be sure to visit the PSPF booth! See

8. PSPF's Modernism Week 2015 events were a huge success and we thank our members and our partners for their enthusiastic support. Modernism Week continues to set new attendance records (59,500) and brought in an estimated 22 million dollars to the local economy. We congratulate the Modernism Week board for their herculean efforts in putting on this complex and challenging event.

9. To read the latest "From the President" letter see

A sincere "Thank You!" to our Contributors:

Preservationist ● Jackie Thomas & Dee Ann McCoy ● Benefactor ● Janis Hopson ● Patron ● Douglas Brinkley ● Mark Davis ● Advocate ● Dennis & David Duca-Peck ● Bruce Mentzer ● Susan Missner ● Contributor ● Mark Anello ● Georgia Creel ● Stephen D. Elson & Tom Stewart ● Harry and Karen Fialkov ● Omar Ghulam ● Steve Goldring ● Robert Moon ● Edward Reilly ●

And to our 2015 Partners:

HEDGE ● Paul Kaplan modern real estate GROUP ● Signs By Tomorrow ● Gary Wexler Design

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