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Quarterly Newsletter 2-2010

1. The Welwood Murray Memorial Library project has become the hot preservation issue of the hot, hot summer. PSPF has created an advocacy page (complete with vintage photographs of the library) to educate our members and the public about the issue. See

2. The city hall parking lot reconfiguration issue is scheduled to go before the Planning Commission on September 8, 2010. See for extensive background information on this issue.

3. Alexander Weekend will be held next year from March 25-27, 2011. For more details and to see our new Alexander Weekend poster go to

4. An exhibition entitled “Old Hollywood and the Desert Club” appears at the La Quinta Museum from July 16th through December 31st. The exhibition showcases the work of west coast architect S. Charles Lee who designed the art deco Desert Club (which appears on our “Lost” page). The museum is located at 77-885 Avenida Montezuma in historic La Quinta. For more information see

5. On July 12, 2010 the PSPF board approved an additional $500 grant to supplement its original $1,200 grant to the Royal Hawaiian Estates Home Owners Association. The supplemental PSPF grant will allow the home owners association to contract to fabricate a single prototype tiki apex which will be necessary to arrive at a cost-per-unit dollar figure. For background information on the Royal Hawaiian Estates grant see http://www.pspreservationfoundationorg/royal_hawaiin.html.

6. On May 1, 2010 PSPF board members Kip Serafin and Stewart Weiner hosted a PSPF information table at the Palm Springs Neighborhood Involvement Committee’s annual picnic. This community outreach effort signed up 52 new PSPF members who each received a complimentary Class 1 booklet.

7. On June 29, 2010 PSPF board members Ron Marshall and Gary Johns were invited to speak before the Palm Springs Democratic Club about PSPF’s educational mission. Ron and Gary touted the economic benefits of historic preservation to the community and distributed complimentary copies of our Class 1 booklet.

8. PSPF has created a fun and educational “Then and Now” page on our website at

9. Remember to join our 400-strong Facebook fan page for breaking preservation news and the opportunity to connect with fellow preservationists and lovers of Palm Springs architecture. See

10. Sincere thanks to PSPF members Kim and Joe Zakowski for hosting our first PSPF Volunteer Appreciation event on May 1, 2010 at their lovely modernist home in Rancho Mirage. Also kudos to PSPF member Laine Scott of Retrospect for helping update the PSPF window display at 193 S. Palm Canyon Drive by adding some vintage modernist furniture (including a cool Laverne chair!).

A sincere "Thank You!" to our Contributors:

Advocates ● Michael Fitzgerald ● Arthur Keller ● Christopher Kennedy ● Stephen Winters ● Contributors ● Stefan Brechbuehl ● Rosann & Mark Capra ● Kristopher McDowell ● Richard Holub ●

And our 2010 year-long Sponsors:

Paul Kaplan Modern Real Estate ● Palm Springs Modernism Week ● M. Joan Martin ● Signs by Tomorrow ●

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