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1-2018 Quarterly Newsletter

1. On April 4, 2018 PSPF sent a California Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the city of Palm Springs for all documents regarding "eminent domain" dating back to January 1, 2008. The FOIA request intends to document the city's previously aggressive pursuit of eminent domain for the Wessman downtown parcel and address the city council's recent "amnesia" about the merit of such a course of action for the Town & Country Center. To read about other interesting developments concerning the T&CC, see

2. Herbert Burns Weekend (March 23-24, 2018) recognized one of Palm Springs' most important modernist architectural designers and included an informative lecture, a tour, a closing cocktail reception, and publication of a book, The Design of Herbert W. Burns, authored by PSPF board member Steven Keylon. The book represents the most comprehensive and scholarly overview of Herbert Burns' career to date, and includes hitherto unseen archival material from the Burns family. See

3. On March 21, 2018 the Palm Springs city council unanimously approved (5-0) the Class 1 Historic Site designation of the Barrett Residence (popularly known as the "William Holden Estate"). The beautiful midcentury Deepwell residence was constructed by local master builder Joe Pawling in 1955. Oscar-winning actor William Holden owned the residence from 1966-1977. To read the nomination go to

4. On February 18, 2018 PSPF announced the first recipient of the Patrick McGrew Memorial Research Grant. The $10,000 grant to the Lorraine Boccardo Archive Study Center of the Palm Springs Art Museum is for the purpose of "preserving and digitizing" the museum's recently acquired archive of architect Hugh Kaptur's project models, drawings and photographs. To read more, see

5. A major tenant, Koffi Central, has moved into the Hugh Kaptur-designed Tahquitz Plaza. PSPF's critical role in the historic designation of this now thriving midcentury office complex is chronicled at

6. In addition to partnering with Modernism Week on a major storyboard at "Camp," PSPF continues its efforts to name the new Downtown Park after Palm Springs pioneer "Mother" Nellie Coffman. As part of PSPF's free Modernism Week lecture series, on February 21, 2018 former Palm Springs mayor Will Kleindienst gave a fascinating talk on Coffman and the Desert Inn. To read more about this important advocacy go to

7. On February 24, 2018 the Miles Bates Residence (1954, Walter S. White) in Palm Desert was successfully auctioned to Stayner Architects of Los Angeles. The firm has stated their intention to restore the house. PSPF's $3,000 grant helped to underwrite the nomination and recent listing of the structure on the state and national registers. To read more about the successful "Save the Wave" campaign, see

8. This year has seen the release of two more important additions to PSPF's publishing program. Concrete Screen Block: The Power of Pattern and The Design of Herbert Burns are both now available on our "Shop" page at

9. Modernism Week 2018 was an unqualified success on many fronts and we thank the many PSPF members who supported our events. We have posted dozens of of event photographs at

10. On April 28, 2018 as part of the Nevada Preservation Foundation's celebration of local architecture entitled Home + History Las Vegas, PSPF board members Ron and Barbara Marshall gave their "Power of Pattern" lecture to an appreciative audience of modernist enthusiasts. The Las Vegas area has an impressive concentration and diversity of concrete screen block used in its midcentury building stock.

11. PSPF is a registered participant in Amazon Smile, a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization. When you shop at you'll find the same low prices, selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation. See

A sincere "Thank You!" to our Contributors:

Preservationists • Nancie & Stephen Cooper • Christy Eugenis & Stan Amy • The Hideaway • Alan Merson, LLC • Nevada Preservation Foundation • Benefactors • Susan Secoy-Jensen & Dan Jensen • Joe Staley • Patrons • Diane Ball • Advocates • Susan Devine • Robert Gottfried • Elizabeth Hamilton • Judy Hudgens • Kevin Rochlitz • Martin Spector • Contributors • Amazon Smile • Robert Chattel • James Hanlin • Kiki Lenoue • Amy Lowichik • Kent Mathews • Brian O'Connell • Dorothy O'Toole • Randy Roy •

And to our 2017 Partners:

• HEDGE • H3K • Image360 Palm Desert • Gary Wexler Design • California Lustre • the KiP group • •

A sincere "Thank You!" to our Contributors:

Patrons ● Rick Hobbs-Seeley ● Beth Shaw ● Advocate ● Pamela McGuire ● Contributors ● Amazon Smile ● Larry Beasley ● Brennan Pardee ● Gordon Zlot ●

And to our 2016 Partners:

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

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