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1-2016 Quarterly Newsletter

1. ALERT! This Wednesday, April 20 the Palm Springs city council will hear PSPF's Class 1 Historic Site nomination for the Town & Country Center (1948, Paul R. Williams & A. Quincy Jones) at the Palm Springs Convention Center, Primrose Rooms B-D (277 N. Avenida Caballeros). While the nomination is not being wholly opposed by the owner, the owner is attempting to have one of the buildings ("Building 171") declared "non-contributing" likely so it can be eventually demolished. Building 171 of the T&CC complex runs east to west from North Indian Canyon Drive and creates the passageway just to the north of the T&CC restaurant. In short, it is an essential part of the T&CC's courtyard configuration (and is so recognized in the State/National nomination). The T&CC is the first public hearing item and we strongly encourage PSPF members to come to the Convention Center and make public comment. If you don't want to speak we still encourage you to see you this Wednesday! The history of PSPF's long advocacy and the full nomination can be read at

2. A plan for the exterior rehabilitation of the historic Tahquitz Plaza (600-750 East Tahquitz Canyon Way) has been prepared by PSPF advisor Susan Secoy-Jensen in consultation with architect Hugh Kaptur. For more on this advocacy see

3. Please welcome our new PSPF administrator Gerry Ragucci! Gerry brings a wealth of corporate experience to PSPF and is the personable voice of our "" email address. Gerry ably guided us through PSPF's 2016 Modernism Week events and is quickly becoming an expert on all things preservation.

4. On February 3, 2016 the historic district nomination for the 40-unit Sandcliff Garden Apartment Homes (1960, Sherwin L. Barton) was unanimously approved by the Palm Springs city council. The Sandcliff historic district has been added to the second reprint of our very popular The Architecture of Desert Leisure tribute journal. To read more about this highly-intact condominium complex see

5. On February 8, 2016 PSPF delivered the Desert Star (1955, Howard Lapham) Class 1 Historic Site nomination to the city of Palm Springs. The 44-page nomination was co-authored by PSPF board members Ron and Barbara Marshall. The Desert Star (originally a hotel, today condominiums) is an early work of architectural designer Howard Lapham and a fine and intact example of midcentury architecture. To read the nomination see

6. If the Palm Springs sun seemed a little brighter on February, 17, 2016 it must have been because it was officially "Palm Springs Preservation Foundation Day" in the city of Palm Springs! The city proclamation, presented by Mayor Rob Moon to PSPF president Erik Rosenow during PSPF board member Gary Johns' Lost, Saved & Endangered lecture, recognized PSPF for "having a profoundly positive effect on the understanding and appreciation of Palm Springs' architecture." To read the proclamation go to

7. We are happy to announce that PSPF board member Gary Johns was recognized by the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture as a "Palm Springs modern architecture advocate" for his "unique contributions to the advancement and preservation of design and the built environment" at an event in Los Angeles on March 19, 2016. Also recognized were local preservationists Jacques Caussin, Beth Edwards Harris, Robert Imber, Nickie McLaughlin, Peter Moruzzi and Sidney Williams.

8. We have posted some fabulous photos of PSPF's Modernism Week 2016 events. See

9. Our PSPF volunteers help guarantee the success of our events. We recognize them on "Our Volunteers" page where they receive highly-coveted "star" status. Each year our volunteers are treated to an appreciation event in recognition of their service (this year's venue was the historic Smoke Tree Ranch). Read more at

10. Be sure to mark your calendars for the Modernism Week Fall Preview (October 21-23, 2016) and for Modernism Week 2017 (February 16-26, 2017)! See

A sincere "Thank You!" to our Contributors:

Benefactors ● Amazon ● Fred Wright ● Patrons ● Spa Resort Casino ● Advocate ● Jay Allen ● Patrick Cooney ● Contributors ● Kim Baldonado ● Judith Blanchard ● Nan Glynn ● MIchael Hinkle ●

And to our 2016 Partners:

HEDGE ● H3K ● Signs By Tomorrow ● Gary Wexler Design ● California Lustre ● Sinatra ● the KiP group

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