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3-2016 Quarterly Newsletter

1. Today is the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on October 15, 1966. The NHPA has been called "the cornerstone of American historic preservation" and was created in the belief that the federal government should play an important role in protecting places that embody our cultural heritage.

2. Please welcome new PSPF honorary board member Alan Hess. Alan has a national reputation as an architect and historian and his recent assistance with our Tahquitz Plaza advocacy was invaluable. To read more see

3. On October 5, 2016 the Palm Springs city council approved (4-0-1) PSPF's Class 1 Historic Site nomination for the Desert Star (1956, Howard Lapham). Located at 1611 S. Calle Palo Fiero, this is the first building of the late architectural designer Howard Lapham to be so recognized. We thank Desert Star property owners Richard and Debra Hovel and Bernie and Barbara Cain for their efforts in support of the nomination. To read the 44-page nomination, written by PSPF board members Ron and Barbara Marshall, see

4. Also on October 5, 2016 the Palm Springs city council approved (4-0-1) the Historic District nomination for Park Imperial South (1960, Barry Berkus) located on South Araby Road. In 2011 Park Imperial South received a preservation grant from PSPF that lead to other improvements throughout the complex. Park Imperial South becomes the city's sixth historic district. To read more go to

5. There have been some very positive new developments concerning the William Cody-designed Shell Gas Station at 2796 North Palm Canyon Drive. For more background go to

6. St. Theresa Catholic Church, located at 2800 East Ramon Road, was recently awarded a $5,000 preservation grant from PSPF to help defray the costs associated with the recently completed rehabilitation of the church's exterior concrete and wood trim. To read more see

7. Modernism Week's Fall Preview (October 21-23, 2016) will soon be here and tickets are selling quickly. Aside from our booth at the Modernism Show & Sale, PSPF will be conducting tours of Frank Sinatra's "Twin Palms" Estate and will host free lectures by board members Gary Johns and Steven Price. See

8. Mark your calendar for November 1, 2016 as that is the day tickets for Modernism Week 2017 (February 16-26, 2017) go on sale! See

9. As the holidays approach remember that 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

10. As announced last quarter, PSPF has created a new product entitled Architecture 100 to be released during Modernism Week 2017. We are currently seeking sponsors for this exciting product which will have a significant first printing volume. To learn more about Architecture 100 please contact PSPF board member Barbara Marshall at

A sincere "Thank You!" to our Contributors:

Preservationist • Vista Las Palmas Neighborhood Association • Benefactor • Steven Price • Patrons • James Small • Destination PSP & Palm Springs Mod Squad • Advocate John Hager • Contributors • Denise Finch • Gerald Harris • Derrick Oh • Cathea Walters •

And to our 2016 Partners:

HEDGE • H3K • Signs By Tomorrow • 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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