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2-2014 Quarterly Newsletter

1. The Spa Hotel Complex advocacy campaign is moving forward quickly! On July 8, 2014 PSPF board members Erik Rosenow, Susan Secoy Jensen, Gary Johns and Ron Marshall met with Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians tribal planning representatives (and Tribal Council Vice Chairman Larry Olinger) to discuss the proposed demolition of the Spa Hotel complex. The meeting, which had been requested by PSPF in early June, resulted in a far-ranging discussion which focused on the intrinsic cultural and economic value of the Spa Hotel complex. On the evening of July 11, 2014 PSPF kicked-off an on-line letter-writing campaign to persuade the tribe to reconsider their demolition plans. To date over 880 letters have been sent to the tribe. (TO SIGN THE LETTER TO THE TRIBE go to On July 12, 2014 the Desert Sun newspaper published a "Valley Voice" editorial by PSPF board member Barbara Marshall that challenged the tribal council "to embrace a community-oriented vision by preserving and investing in the rehabilitation of the Spa Hotel complex." On July 16, 2014 singer-actress Nancy Sinatra appealed to Tribal Council Chairman Jeff Grubbe to preserve the Spa Hotel complex. On July 18, 2014 PSPF sent the tribe a "green" study entitled Sustainability Assessment of the Palm Springs Spa Resort Hotel. See our Spa Hotel complex advocacy page at

2. On May 7, 2014 the Palm Springs city council unanimously approved the Class 1 historic site designation of the Paul Dougherty Residence. PSPF president Erik Rosenow made public comment in support of the designation stating that "the house has known a number of notable personages," and that "the deft and sure hand of architect John Porter Clark can be seen in the many architectural details." See

3. On July 2, 2014 the Palm Springs city council unanimously approved the Class 1 historic site designation of the Town & Desert Apartments (now the "Hideaway"). PSPF president Erik Rosenow made public comment in support of the designation stating that it was important because “this will be the first [Class 1 Historic Site] designation to recognize architectural designer Herbert Burns." See

4. On March 14, 2014 the PSPF board of directors received a briefing from architect May Sung (of SUBU Design, Pacific Palisades) regarding the proposed rehabilitation of La Serena Villas. You might recall that in 2009 PSPF and the Historic Tennis Club Neighborhood Organization were directly responsible for blocking the demolition of this historic small inn and securing its Class 1 designation. See

5. On May 17, 2014 at the city's first celebration of National Preservation Month, the owner of the Community Church of Palm Springs announced his plans for the rehabilitation of the church and the adjacent Orchid Tree Inn. The next day the Desert Sun newspaper reported that the Community Church of Palm Springs "could rise from the ashes as a new luxury boutique hotel in the Historic Tennis Club neighborhood." See

6. On May 17, 2014 PSPF participated in the city of Palm Springs' first National Preservation Month event. See

7. PSPF has two exciting events planned for Modernism Week's 2014 Fall Preview weekend. See

A sincere "Thank You!" to our Contributors:

Preservationist ● McKesson Foundation Volunteer Hour Program ● Benefactors ● McKesson Foundation Board Service Program ● Lars Viklund ● Patron ● David Meckley ● Advocates ● Eddie Farha ● David Walden-Berg ● Contributor ● Chris Bale ●

And to our 2014 Partners:

Paul Kaplan modern real estate GROUP ● Signs By Tomorrow ● Gary Wexler Design ●

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