1. The Welwood Murray Memorial Library, currently undergoing a major rehabilitation, is now being threatened by a poorly-conceived plan to extend a bar-restaurant from the adjacent Plaza Las Flores building into the library site. On October 21, 2014 PSPF sent a letter to the Palm Springs mayor strenuously objecting to the proposal for multiple reasons. PSPF cited a 1989 court case (which the city lost) when an almost identical plan was rejected by a California Appellate court. To read the PSPF letter go to http://www.pspreservationfoundation.org/welwood_murray.html.
2. Modernism Week (February 12-22, 2015) event tickets go on sale today at noon (November 1, 2014). Remember that many of PSPF's events are very popular and have historically sold out quickly! For more information about PSPF's Modernism Week events see http://www.pspreservationfoundation.org/modernism_2015.html. For the full schedule of Modernism Week events see http://www.modernismweek.com/.
3. While ultimately unsuccessful, PSPF's Spa Hotel complex advocacy garnered significant community support prior to the demolition of the Spa Bath House and colonnade by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. To read about PSPF's leadership role in this advocacy see http://www.pspreservationfoundation.org/palm_springs_spa.html.
4. PSPF recently awarded a $2,500 matching grant to the Sandcliff condominium homeowners association to fund the construction of a neighborhood monument sign. Of special note, the sign uses a midcentury (and historically-accurate) font that was used in early advertisements for the complex. To read more see http://www.pspreservationfoundation.org/sandcliff.html.
5. Congratulations to Royal Hawaiian Estates (Wexler & Harrison, 1960) which celebrated the installation of their historical marker on October 10, 2014. To read more see http://www.pspreservationfoundation.org/historic_districts_royal_hawaiian.html.
6. PSPF's Modernism Week 2014 Fall Preview (October 10-13) events were a resounding success! For photos and to read more about our Steel Development House #1 tour see http://www.pspreservationfoundation.org/steel_modern_2014.html. And, for photos and to read more about our Lost, Saved & Endangered: Modernist Architecture in Palm Springs lecture see http://www.pspreservationfoundation.org/lost_saved_oct_2014.html.
7. The Palm Springs Art Museum's Architecture and Design Center is scheduled to officially open on November 9, 2014. To read about PSPF's critical role in ensuring that the Santa Fe Federal Savings & Loan building site remained intact and was not compromised by encroaching development see http://www.pspreservationfoundation.org/success.html.