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Quarterly Newsletter 3-2011

1. PSPF is assisting Modernism Week in its celebration of DOCOMOMO’s National Tour Day on Columbus Day weekend, October 8-10, 2011. Modernism Week will offer its most popular event, the Modernism Double-Decker Architecture Tour, a three-hour guided bus tour of Palm Springs’ notable midcentury modern architecture. PSPF will provide copies of our popular Class 1 booklet to tour-goers. For more information and tickets see To learn more about the mission of DOCOMOMO see

2. In large part due to PSPF’s efforts, two schemes to unsympathetically remodel the Welwood Murray Memorial Library (1940) have failed to gain the approval of various city boards and commissions. The city is now pursuing a far more sensitive rehabilitation of the John Porter Clark-designed library that stays within the building’s historic footprint. To read more about this important advocacy, see

3. Although the proposed demolition of the Town & Country Center has been removed from the current plans for the remodel of the Desert Fashion Plaza, the status of the historic complex has not been resolved and remains in limbo. For a chronology of PSPF’s advocacy regarding the T&CC see

4. Modernism Week 2012 will soon be here! PSPF has four events on the schedule including PSPF board member Gary Johns’ popular free lecture entitled Lost, Saved & Endangered: Modernist Architecture in Palm Springs. This year, in addition to our popular house tour of Frank Sinatra's Twin Palms estate (1947), we have added a house tour of the historic Clark & Frey-designed Stephens House (1949). Rounding out the PSPF schedule of events will be our wildly popular Retro Martini Party. Watch for details at

5. Desert Spanish Weekend (March 23-25, 2012) planning is underway! In addition to the release of an educational tribute journal, there will be fascinating house tours of many of Palm Springs' great 1920s and 30s-era Spanish-influenced estates. Details on partnering and underwriting opportunities can be found at http:www/

6. PSPF’s membership blasted past 1,500 strong this quarter! Our free membership program continues to pay benefits by expanding our audience and by extension our educational outreach and advocacy efforts. What do our members appreciate most? The top three compliments we receive are (1) Keeping members up to date on our advocacy efforts by aggressively updating our website, (2) Giving advance notice of upcoming events and, (3) Awarding community-oriented preservation grants.

7. The last remaining box of our (now) rare 2001 Alexander tribute journals (When Mod Went Mass: A Celebration of Alexander Homes) have been numbered and signed by architect William Krisel. They are available on our Shop page at

8. Donate today! As we enter the last quarter of the tax year, remember you can make donations to PSPF anytime at The IRS has determined that PSPF is "exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code," and further that contributions "are deductible under section 170 of the Code."

A sincere "Thank You!" to our Contributors:

Patrons ● Michael Bakish & Peter Hirsch ● Alan Six (In memoriam) ● Contributors ● Michael Curcio ● Scott DeVecht ●

And our 2011 year-long Partners:

Paul Kaplan modern real estate GROUP ● 20 First Modern Vintage Furnishings ● Ralph Haverkate Real Estate ● Daniel Donnelly Modern Design Studio ● Mark Spohn, Sperry Van Ness ● Gary Wexler Design ● Palm Springs Modernism Week ● Just Fabulous ● Nesteggg Bookkeeping ● Modern Mosaics ● Trust Modern, National Trust for Historic Preservation ● Signs by Tomorrow ●

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