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3-2015 Quarterly Newsletter

1. The Tahquitz Plaza Class 1 Historic Site nomination now heads to the Palm Springs city council! On October 13, 2015 the nomination for Tahquitz Plaza (600, 650, 700 and 750 East Tahquitz Canyon Way) was unanimously approved by the Palm Springs' Historic Site Preservation Board (HSPB). Architect Hugh Kaptur and PSPF board members Ron and Barbara Marshall made public comment in support of the Tahquitz Plaza (at the previous month's HSPB meeting public comment was made by PSPF president Erik Rosenow and board member Tracy Beckmann). Arguing unconvincingly against the nomination were representatives from Nexus Development. Tahquitz Plaza is being protected by a 180-day stay of demolition which expires on December 5, 2015. To read more about this complex advocacy see

2. On Saturday, November 21, 2015 join PSPF for the official book release of Einstein Dreamt Here: The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn, followed by an all-access behind-the-scenes tour of The Willows Inn, one of the city's most storied properties. For the first time, all of the guest rooms of the hotel have been reserved for your personal touring. Attendees will receive a signed copy of the lavishly illustrated 213-page softcover book, Einstein Dreamt Here (a $40 retail value). This promises to be a magical evening at the foot of the San Jacinto Mountains that recaptures the romance of 1920s and 30s-era Palm Springs. Hors d'oeuvres and sparkling wine will be served. A limited number of tickets are available at

3. On October 13, 2015 the Palm Springs Historic Site Preservation Board (HSPB) recommended that the city council amend the Specific Plan to retain the Town & Country Center (1948, Paul R. Williams & A. Quincy Jones). The HSPB bolstered their request by pointing out that the Town & Country Center had recently been determined eligible for both the state and national registers as a result of PSPF's efforts. To read more see

4. On October 8, 2015 PSPF sent a letter to the city of Palm Springs recommending that a stay of demolition be imposed on the Ramon Drug Building “pending an investigation into the merits of potential Class 1 designation.” Later, on October 13, 2015 the Palm Springs Historic Site Preservation Board voted 5-1 to impose a 120-day stay of demolition on the Ramon Drug Building (the stay was promptly appealed by the tribal allottee property owners). PSPF board member Barbara Marshall made public comment in support of the 120-day stay of demolition. To read the PSPF letter go to

5. Modernism Week (February 11-21, 2016) event tickets are scheduled to go on sale on November 1, 2015. Last year many PSPF events sold out very quickly so please mark your calendars! For a full list of Modernism Week 2016 events watch at

6. PSPF's great volunteers give countless hours of their time to help further the mission of the foundation and are recognized for their service on PSPF's "Our Volunteers" page. See

7. On October 3, 2015 PSPF was recognized at the Palm Springs Modern Committee's Annual Preservation Awards dinner for the foundation's contributions to historic preservation in authoring multiple Class 1 Historic Site nominations.

8. PSPF's Modernism Week (MW) Fall Preview events were a great success and PSPF's booth at the Modernism Show & Sale (generously donated by Dolphin Promotions owner Rosemary Krieger) attracted hundreds of visitors who learned about PSPF's ongoing advocacy efforts. PSPF's other MW Fall Preview events included sold-out tours of Frank Sinatra's Twin Palms Estate and PSPF board member Gary Johns' popular lecture Lost, Saved and Endangered: Modernist Architecture In Palm Springs which was heard by a packed audience at the Palm Springs Woman's Club (1939, John Porter Clark). See

9. PSPF is a registered participant in Amazon Smile which is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. 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

10. To read the latest "From the President" letter see

A sincere "Thank You!" to our Contributors:

In Memory of Donald Wexler ● Gary & Joan Gand ● Preservationist ● Tom & Marianne O'Connell ● Advocate ● Karen & Tony Barone ● Contributor ● Annette Lau ● Don Myers ● Michael Parkey ●

And to our 2015 Partners:

HEDGE ● Paul Kaplan modern real estate GROUP ● Signs By Tomorrow ● Gary Wexler Design

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