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2-2017 Quarterly Newsletter

1. As our members know, the Town & Country Center (T&CC) has languished under the current owner for more than 15 years. Last year, during the T&CC's Class 1 Historic Site designation proceedings, the owner proposed an unsympathetic plan to demolish historic fabric to accommodate a hotel on the site. It is now PSPF's view that the city of Palm Springs should pursue its right of "eminent domain" over the historic property. In such a scenario, the city would be required to pay for the property. Fortunately, should recent corruption allegations prove true, it opens the door for the city to "claw back" monies paid to the developer to facilitate the scandal-plagued downtown development. While the current city leadership seems conflicted about such a course of action we expect this idea, and the opportunities it presents, to gain momentum. To read the PSPF attorney's legal opinion concerning eminent domain see

2. The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians has asserted they have the authority to make historic preservation decisions on "historically tribal land" even if that land is privately owned. The city of Palm Springs has effectively agreed with this view. PSPF has argued that this view is legally flawed and that the city of Palm Springs is obligated to process Class 1 Historic Site nominations on private land. It now appears inevitable that PSPF will take the city of Palm Springs to court over this contentious issue. See

3. The Class 1 Historic Site nomination for the Mr. & Mrs. Carl E. Haymond Residence (1964, Frey & Chambers) was approved by the city of Palm Springs' Historic Site Preservation Board on June 13, 2017. The nomination will next be heard by the Palm Springs city council. To read the nomination see

4. Save the Wave! On June 7, 2017 PSPF awarded a $3,000 grant to the Historical Society of Palm Desert?s campaign to raise funds to nominate the Miles Bates Residence (1954, Walter S. White) to the National Register of Historic Places. To read more about this ongoing preservation effort see

5. The proposed demolition of 252 North Sunset Way (an Alexander Construction Company tract house) in Sunrise Park ignited a firestorm of controversy and prompted a stay of demolition by the city's Historic Site Preservation Board. To read about PSPF's role, and the essential role of concerned neighbors, see

6. PSPF's Modernism Week Fall Preview (October 19-22) schedule includes a tour of the Wexler & Harrison-designed Kirk Douglas Residence (1954) and our always popular Frank Sinatra's "Twin Palms" Estate tour. PSPF board member Gary Johns will present Lost, Saved & Endangered: Modernist Architecture in Palm Springs. Gary regularly updates this free lecture to address the changing landscape of historic preservation in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. Finally, don't forget to visit PSPF's booth at the Modernism Show & Sale at the Convention Center. For details and tickets see

7. PSPF's Architecture 100 continues to be our most popular educational product. The soft-touch, 74-page booklet features over 100 architecturally-significant properties and a map to create your own self-driving tour. It can be purchased locally at the Palm Springs Visitors Center, Trina Turk, Destination PSP, and at the gift shop of the Palm Springs Art Museum, Architecture and Design Center. See

8. PSPF is a registered participant in Amazon Smile, a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization. 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:

Benefactor • Shawn Matthee • Advocate • Eugene McGuire • Contributor • Greg Braun • Joseph Ernest • William Follett • Mike Galos • Randal Moore • Amazon Smile •

And to our 2017 Partners:

• HEDGE • H3K • Signs By Tomorrow • Gary Wexler Design • California Lustre • the KiP group • •

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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