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Quarterly Newsletter 3-2010

1. PSPF is planning a fun and free event at Royal Hawaiian Estates (RHE) on Sunday, November 28, 2010 from 2-4PM. During 2010, the RHE Home Owners Association has been the recipient of a total of $3,470 in PSPF grant money to design and fabricate missing “tiki apexes.” What is a tiki apex? See http://www.pspreservationfoundationorg/royal_hawaiin.html.

2. Join us from 1-3PM on Saturday, December 11, 2010 for a special event at the modernist Dr. Stephens House designed by the firm of Clark & Frey in 1949. The house was prominently featured in the September 1955 issue of House Beautiful magazine. For more information and to purchase tickets see

3. The much-loved Welwood Murray Memorial Library continues to be the leading preservation issue of the season. Despite our recent 5-1 victory at the Historic Site Preservation Board the final resolution of the library's future remains in doubt as an appeal of the HSPB's decision may still yet be filed. PSPF has created a very informative advocacy page at

4. As recently announced, our Honorary Chair for Alexander Weekend is Jill Alexander Kitnick. The weekend will be held next year from March 25-27, 2011 so mark your calendars now. For more details see

5. PSPF's free event at the DeBrabant House (1929) on Sunday, October 17 was a smashing success attended by more than 350 fans of great architecture. Councilwoman Ginny Foat presented owners Mark and Jan Hilbert with a framed copy of the DeBrabant House's future entry in PSPF's Class 1 booklet. PSPF also signed up 48 new members! For photos of the event see

6. PSPF has created an entertaining and informative Vintage Signage webpage. If you know of a great vintage sign in the Coachella Valley that should be included on our page please email the foundation at To view the Vintage Signage page go to

7. The hard-fought PSPF preservation victory over the city hall parking lot reconfiguration and site issue is now memorialized at We thank the many PSPF members who contributed their time to this demanding advocacy.

8. PSPF will be the beneficiary of a November 5, 2010 event entitled An Evening of Beauty Under the Stars. We are very pleased that Diva Premiere Events, in recognition of our preservation advocacy and educational outreach to the community, has selected PSPF from among the many worthy area charitable organizations. PSPF will have a table at the event to promote local historic properties as wedding and event venues. See

9. Remember to join our 600-strong Facebook fan page for breaking preservation news and the opportunity to connect with fellow preservationists and lovers of Palm Springs architecture. See

A sincere "Thank You!" to our Contributors:

Patrons ● Steve Wibben ● Advocates ● Ron Duby ● Contributors ● Troy Bankord ● Wayne Blankenship ● Joanne Hamilton-Selway ● William LaVoie ● Dennis May ● Terri Munselle ● Soren Ryberg ●

And our 2010 year-long Sponsors:

Paul Kaplan Modern Real Estate ● Palm Springs Modernism Week ● M. Joan Martin ● Signs by Tomorrow ●

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