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Quarterly Newsletter 2-2011

1. PSPF will be the beneficiary of a portion of the proceeds of a Modernist Garage Sale to be held from 8AM-3PM on Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 777 North Palm Canyon Drive. The event is billed as a “community sale for all things midcentury modern.” PSPF thanks Marc Joseph, the producer of the event, for supporting the cause of historic preservation. See

2. PSPF is proud to announce the addition of our newest board member, Ms. Susan Secoy Jensen. Susan is an architect with significant preservation experience and recently restored a Wexler-designed house in the Sunmor neighborhood.

3. The city of Palm Springs is still struggling with the restoration of the Welwood Murray Memorial Library and has advanced yet another unsympathetic redesign of the building (recently rejected 6-0 by the city’s Architectural Advisory Committee). PSPF board member Patrick McGrew has created a “preservation-friendly” design which has been shared with the city. See

4. On June 17, 2011 the city issued a news release that stated in part that “[the developer] has agreed to remove the Town & Country Center from the Desert Fashion Plaza Revitalization Plan.” Despite this positive news, the demolition of the T&CC remains part of previously-approved city plans and is far from being permanently “saved.” See

5. Take an opportunity to watch the video of our interview with Mr. Sanford Garner, the president of the National Organization of Minority Architects. Mr. Garner’s insightful comments mixed with great vintage photographs of the T&CC are informative and entertaining. See

6. PSPF is currently making plans for Desert Spanish Weekend to be held from March 23-25, 2012. The weekend will showcase Palm Springs' great Spanish-influenced architecture and include the release of one of our popular tribute journals. Watch for the details to unfold at

7. Our 60-page tribute journal The Alexanders: A Desert Legacy, authored by PSPF board member Jim Harlan, is available locally at the Palm Springs Visitors Center (2901 North Palm Canyon). Signed copies of the tribute journal are available for purchase at

8. PSPF has added to its schedule of future events a Canyon View Estates Home Tour. The tour will visit several "mid-century lifestyle" condominium complexes in south Palm Springs. Watch for details as they unfold at

9. Remember to join our 900-strong Facebook fan page for breaking preservation news and the opportunity to connect with fellow preservationists and lovers of Palm Springs architecture. See

A sincere "Thank You!" to our Contributors:

Patrons ● Judith Hendler ● Advocates ● Bill Scott ● Eric Shamp ● Contributors ● Kenneth Klumb ● Frank McGinley & David Stepp ● David Pence ●

And our 2011 year-long Partners:

Paul Kaplan modern real estate GROUP ● 20 First Modern Vintage Furnishings ● Ralph Haverkate Real Estate ● Daniel Donnelly Modern Design Studio ● Mark Spohn, Sperry Van Ness ● Gary Wexler Design ● Palm Springs Modernism Week ● Just Fabulous ● Nesteggg Bookkeeping ● Modern Mosaics ● Trust Modern, National Trust for Historic Preservation ● Signs by Tomorrow ●

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