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2-2018 Quarterly Newsletter

1. On May 8, 2018 the Palm Springs Historic Site Preservation Board levied a "condition" on a Certificate of Approval for a re-paint of the Town & Country Center that asked that a "Structural Study" be completed on the complex for the board's review by January of 2019. It is hoped that such a study will provide valuable insight into the extent of damage that years of owner neglect has caused to the historic resource. Additionally, PSPF continues to await an answer to its early April California Freedom of Information Act request to the city of Palm Springs for documents regarding ?eminent domain.? To read more see

2. Modernism Week's schedule of events for its Fall Preview (October 18-21, 2018) is posted. Although tickets will not go on-sale until August 1st, the schedule's posting is an opportunity to plan your "mini-mod" adventure. Many modernistas enjoy the less hectic, and more intimate, nature of the Fall Preview. You can access the MW website through our homepage and if you'd like to see what PSPF is planning go to

3. PSPF is in the early planning stages of Hugh Kaptur Weekend (March 22-24, 2019) which will include a lecture, tour and the release of a scholarly tribute journal honoring the work of the talented modernist architect. Make sure to "Save the Date" and watch for exciting details at

4. While the city of Palm Springs has yet to commit to the naming of the Downtown Park (to be sited on the former grounds of the Desert Inn), PSPF and others in the community have championed naming the park for "Mother" Nellie Coffman, one of Palm Springs' important early pioneers. See

5. The arrival of architect Albert Frey and A. Lawrence Kocher's Aluminaire House in Palm Springs is one of the most significant modernist architectural "happenings" to occur in decades. The 501(c)3 non-profit has an informative webpage at

6. The California Preservation Foundation (CPF) has selected Palm Springs as the site of its May 2019 conference. To read more go to

7. A hearty congratulations to PSPF advisor Alan Hess on his recent appointment to the California State Historical Resources Commission! To read more about PSPF's talented cadre of advisors see

8. The February 2018 release of PSPF's book Concrete Screen Block: The Power of Pattern has received much positive "buzz" with articles about the book and topic appearing in the June 2018 issue of Phoenix Home and Garden magazine and the July 2018 issue of CA Modern magazine. Both The Power of Pattern and PSPF's new The Design of Herbert Burns are available for purchase on our "Shop" page at

9. 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:

Benefactors • Roxann Ploss • Patrons • David Hyams • Stephen Rose • Contributors • Amazon Smile • Peter Fisk • Linda Friedman • Darlene Ockerman • Peter Zimmerman •

And to our 2018 Partners:

• HEDGE • H3K • Image360 Palm Desert • 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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