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2-2015 Quarterly Newsletter

1. The Class 1 Historic Site nomination for the Kaptur-designed Tahquitz Plaza (600-750 East Tahquitz Canyon Way) will likely be heard by the city's Historic Site Preservation Board in early September (the board is not scheduled to meet in August). Tahquitz Plaza is currently being protected by a 120-day stay of demolition put into place by the HSPB after the Orange County-based developer drew a demolition permit in late May. Should the HSPB approve the nomination it will go to the city council for final approval. See

2. On August 7, 2015 the California State Historical Resources Commission will consider and take action on the nomination of the Town & Country Center to the National Register of Historic Places (all National Register properties are included on the California Register of Historical Resources). The scholarly 59-page nomination, written by architect and PSPF Board of Advisor member Susan Secoy Jensen, has already received numerous letters of support. To read the nomination see

3. On May 12, 2015 the city of Palm Springs' Historic Site Preservation Board met and voted 7-0 to forward a proposed resolution to the city council to create the Sandcliff Garden Apartment Homes historic district. See

4. On June 9, 2015 the city of Palm Springs' Historic Site Preservation Board met and voted 7-0 to forward a proposed resolution to the city council to designate the Morse Residence a Class 1 Historic Site. See

5. Welcome to new PSPF board members Steven Price and Tracy Beckmann! Both Steven and Tracy are ardent preservationists and their energy and enthusiasm will be a great addition to our advocacy efforts. In other board news, former board member Richard "Kip" Serafin has kindly agreed to join our Board of Advisors, board member Susan Secoy Jensen has transitioned to our Board of Advisors, and board member Vince Williams will rejoin our volunteer ranks. We thank both Susan and Vince for their lengthy and productive board service. See

6. PSPF board member Gary Johns has been leading an effort to make sure that Nellie Coffman's "star" and the Desert Inn historical plaque are not forgotten. Both the star and the plaque have sat covered in dust in the basement level of the Fashion Plaza parking structure since 2012 and PSPF believes these historical artifacts need to be included in the design of the new downtown event space.

7. PSPF is monitoring an owner requested structural change to the 1963 William F. Cody-designed gas station at 2796 North Palm Canyon Drive. The city's Historic Site Preservation Board reviewed the project on June 9th and provided numerous substantive comments to the Planning Commission. Unfortunately, city staff provided an abbreviated synopsis of the HSPB's recommendations and the commission went on to approve the project on June 10th. On June 19th the Palm Springs Modern Committee filed an appeal of the Planning Commission's decision. The appeal is not expected to be heard by city council until September.

8. Tickets for Modernism Week's Fall Preview will go on sale on August 1, 2015. In addition to our free popular Lost, Saved and Endangered: Modernist Architecture in Palm Springs lecture we will also be hosting a limited number of tours to Frank Sinatra's "Twin Palms" Residence (1947, E. Stewart Williams). See

9. Save the date! We are currently planning a special event at The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn on Saturday, November 21, 2015.

10. PSPF is a registered participant in Amazon Smile which is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. 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:

In Memory of Donald Wexler ● Amanda Erlinger ● Ron & Barbara Marshall ● Benefactor ● Bertil Lindblad ● Patron ● Bill Lieber ● Advocate ● Linda Dixon ● Leslie Prentice ● Contributor ● Jerome Davis ● Colin Sargeant ●

And to our 2015 Partners:

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

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