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2-2016 Quarterly Newsletter

1. On April 20, 2016 the Palm Springs city council approved (4-1) PSPF's Class 1 Historic Site nomination for the Town & Country Center (1948, Paul R. Williams & A. Quincy Jones). The Class 1 Historic Site designation was extremely important as it places significant protections on the Town & Country Center site, most importantly the requirement that the city's Historic Site Preservation Board review any proposed changes to the site. Making compelling public comment in support of the designation were PSPF board members Erik Rosenow, Ron Marshall, Steven Price, Barbara Marshall, Tracy Beckmann (who read comments submitted by preservationist Beth Edwards Harris) and PSPF advisor Susan Secoy-Jensen. PSModCom representatives Chris Menrad and Jade Nelson also spoke eloquently in support of the nomination. The history of PSPF's long advocacy and the full nomination can be read at

2. Please welcome new PSPF board members Jan Harper and Steven Keylon. Jan and Steven bring not only a wealth of experience to the PSPF board of directors but much enthusiasm. To read more see

3. In February of 2016 PSPF delivered the Desert Star (1955, Howard Lapham) Class 1 Historic Site nomination to the city of Palm Springs. The Desert Star (originally a hotel, today condominiums) is an early and important work of architectural designer Howard Lapham and a fine and intact example of midcentury architecture. The nomination is tentatively scheduled for discussion by the Palm Springs Historic Site Preservation Board at the September 13, 2016 meeting. To read the nomination see

4. There have been some very interesting recent developments concerning the architecturally important Cody-designed Shell Gas Station at 2796 North Palm Canyon Drive (including a city-initiated effort to review the building for Class 1 Historic Site designation). For more background go to

5. St. Theresa Catholic Church at 2800 East Ramon Road is exploring the refurbishment of the sanctuary's concrete exterior. PSPF advisor Susan Secoy-Jensen is consulting on the project. To read more go to

6. PSPF is always looking for enthusiastic and capable volunteers! Both the MW Fall Kick-Off this October and Modernism Week in February 2017 will be very "volunteer-intensive" events. We recognize your valuable support on "Our Volunteers" page and hold an annual volunteer appreciation event as well. Please contact us via email at and see

7. Modernism Week's Fall Preview (October 21-23, 2016) is approaching and tickets go on sale August 1, 2016. Aside from our booth at the Modernism Show & Sale, PSPF will be conducting tours of Frank Sinatra's "Twin Palms" Estate and will host free lectures by board members Gary Johns and Steven Price. See

8. Be sure to mark your calendar for Modernism Week 2017 (February 16-26, 2017)! See

9. 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

10. Finally, PSPF is creating a brand new product entitled Architecture 100 scheduled for release during Modernism Week 2017. Architecture 100 will replace our popular Class 1: A Guide to the Designated Class 1 Historic Sites of Palm Springs booklet. However, Architecture 100 will be broader in scope, will include maps and will allow the user to create their own architectural self-driving tours. We are currently seeking sponsors for this exciting product which will have a significant first printing volume. To learn more about Architecture 100 please contact PSPF board member Barbara Marshall at

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 ● ● the KiP group

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