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3-2017 Quarterly Newsletter

1. On August 17, 2017 PSPF's attorney filed a 12-page "Petition for Peremptory Writ of Mandate and Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief" with the Superior Court of California for the County of Riverside. In the complaint, PSPF argues that the city has misinterpreted recent tribal assertions of historic preservation authority over formerly tribal land and, further, that the tribe's desire to take on State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) duties does not impact the city's obligation to process local (i.e., Class 1) designations on fee land. While the matter is far from settled, recent comments from the tribal attorney regarding Palm Springs Preservation Foundation v. City of Palm Springs give us reason to hope for a positive outcome. See

2. On October 4, 2017 the Mr. & Mrs. Carl E. Haymond Residence (1964, Frey & Chambers) was unanimously (5-0) designated a Class 1 Historic Site by the Palm Springs city council. During the public hearing, Palm Springs Mayor Moon kindly complimented the thoroughness of the PSPF nomination. To read the nomination (which explains who the heck the Haymonds were!) see

3. PSPF is leading an effort to name the new Downtown Park after Palm Springs pioneer "Mother" Nellie Coffman. Aside from a letter to the Palm Springs city council, PSPF president Erik Rosenow penned a Valley Voice Op-Ed piece in the September 25, 2017 edition of the Desert Sun newspaper calling Coffman one of our most "illustrious female pioneers" and "notable philanthropists." On October 18th, PSPF board member Steven Keylon made compelling public comment before the city council in further support of the idea. To read more about this important advocacy go to

4. Modernism Week 2018 is scheduled for February 15-25, 2018. Tickets go on sale at noon (local time) on November 1, 2017. Please be advised, certain PSPF events sell out very quickly. See

5. During Modernism Week 2018, PSPF will release Concrete Screen Block: The Power of Pattern, a 120-page book documenting over 250 screen block patterns. The book's strong preservation theme is expected to inform advocacy efforts nationwide. To read more about the book, or to become an underwriter, see

6. Save the date! Herbert Burns Weekend is scheduled for March 23-24, 2018. The weekend will recognize one of Palm Springs' most important modernist architectural designers and will include an informative lecture, a tour, and a closing cocktail reception. In conjunction with the weekend, PSPF will release The Design of Herbert W. Burns, a tribute journal written by PSPF board member Steven Keylon. We are offering a variety of sponsorship opportunities for you or your organization. To read more see

7. PSPF's Architecture 100 continues to be our most popular educational product. The soft-touch, 74-page booklet features over 100 architecturally-significant properties and a map to create your own self-driving tour. It can be purchased locally at the Palm Springs Visitors Center, Trina Turk, Destination PSP, and at the gift shop of the Palm Springs Art Museum, Architecture and Design Center. See

8. 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

A sincere "Thank You!" to our Contributors:

Preservationist • Louis L. Borick Foundation • Portland Cement Association • H3K • Advocate • Stephen Rose • Contributor • Susan Smith Cogliano • Eldon Cline • Adele Cygelman • Mike Galos • Bryce Linsenmayer • Amazon Smile •

And to our 2017 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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