1. As part of PSPF's lead sponsorship of the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center exhibition "Hugh Kaptur: Organic Desert Architecture," some 3,500 visitors received free admission during Modernism Week (February 14-24). The exhibition continues through June 17, 2019. Click here for exhibition details.
2. The California Preservation Foundation will hold its annual conference in Palm Springs from May 8-11, 2019. PSPF is the lead sponsor and PSPF president Gary Johns is the Plenary Session keynote speaker for this educational conference which will attract preservationists from across the West Coast. Click here for conference schedule and registration.
3. On April 3, 2019 the Palm Springs city council unanimously approved (5-0) the Class 1 Historic Site designation of the Walter Kirschner Residence (aka "Casa Adaire") built in 1937 and designed by the architectural firm of Brewster & Benedict. The 121-page nomination was written by PSPF board member Steven Keylon. Click here to read more.
4. PSPF continues to lead the effort to name the new Downtown Park after Palm Springs pioneer "Mother" Nellie Coffman, owner of the Desert Inn and one of the city's leading philanthropists. Click here to read more.
5. On April 9, 2019 the Palm Springs Historic Site Preservation Board recommended (4-2) that the Class 1 Historic Site nomination for Inspiration Point (constructed between 1934-1935 and also known as "The Promontory") be considered by the city council. The 64-page nomination, written by PSPF member Steve Vaught on behalf of PSPF, documents one of the most fascinating mountainside structures in the Coachella Valley. Click here to read more.
6. On April 9, 2019 the Palm Springs Historic Site Preservation Board recommended (7-0) that the Class 1 Historic Site nomination for the Avery Field Cabin Ruins (1920, builder Avery Field) be considered by the city council. The 72-page nomination, written by PSPF member Steve Vaught on behalf of PSPF, documents a rare surviving structure from the early development of Palm Springs. Click here to read more.
7. On March 14, 2019 PSPF submitted the Class 1 Historic Site nomination for the Kirk Douglas Estate (1954, Wexler & Harrison) to the city of Palm Springs. The 55-page nomination, written by PSPF advisor Susan Secoy-Jensen chronicles the movie star's considerable history in Palm Springs. Click here to read more.
8. On March 14, 2019 PSPF submitted the Historic District nomination for Desert Holly (1957, builder William J. O'Brien) to the city of Palm Springs. The 40-page nomination, written by PSPF board members Ron and Barbara Marshall, celebrates the modernist 14-unit condominium complex in the Sunrise Park neighborhood. Notably, all 14 homeowners in Desert Holly support the nomination. Click here to read more.
9. On March 20, 2019 PSPF submitted the Class 1 Historic Site nomination for the Allan & Mildred Kramer Residence (1963, designer James McNaughton) to the city of Palm Springs. The 61-page nomination, written by PSPF member Steve Vaught on behalf of PSPF, describes the modernist structure as an example of "new Formalism" by the talented Hollywood designer. Click here to read more.
10. Welcome to new PSPF board members Tracy Conrad and Brad Dunning. Both Tracy and Brad are founding PSPF board members and have unsurpassed local knowledge and impressive preservation credentials. Click here to read more.
11. PSPF was proud to support the city of Palm Springs' Historic Site Preservation Board's sixth annual celebration of "National Preservation Month" from April 14-15, 2019. During the event, PSPF president Gary Johns was presented the 2019 "Preservation Matters" Award, and architect and honorary PSPF board member Hugh Kaptur received a "Certificate of Recognition Award" for his architectural body of work worthy of preservation. PSPF board member Steven Price and PSPF advisor Alan Hess also participated in the event. Click here to read more.
12. 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 AmazonSmile.com you'll find the same low prices, selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation. Click here to start shopping.
A sincere "Thank You!" to our Donors:
• Preservationists • Locations 760 • Phyllis & Bruce Ritchie • Gary Wexler Design • Benefactors • Craig Bergmann • Patrons • Bonnie Serkin & Will Emery • Advocates • Stefan Brechbuhl • John Burke • Donna Ford • Contributors • Ann Coulston • Sheri Diamond • Pamela Hannah • Mary F. Hayes • Gayle Hodges • Amy Lowichik • Tracy McCrory • Eugene McGuire • Eric Moore • Richard M. Proctor • Drew Sawyer • Gabriel Valle •
And to our 2019 Sponsors:
• H3K • Gary Wexler Design • the KiP group • Palm Springs Homes by Alex Dethier • sinatrahouse.com • The Paul Kaplan 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 ● SinatraHouse.com ● the KiP group