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3-2018 Quarterly Newsletter

1. On October 20, 2018 the Town & Country Center was the focus of a Desert Sun newspaper opinion piece by PSPF board member Steven Keylon. The column addresses a recent "rehabilitation" proposal by Grit Development that would demolish much of the historic fabric of the important complex. Fortunately, through the efforts of PSPF in 2016, the Town & Country Center was designated a Class 1 Historic Site. This will require that the Grit Development proposal, which has already been met with much skepticism, go through a rigorous city review process and public comment. To read more see

2. Modernism Week 2019 is scheduled from February 14-24, 2019 and tickets go on sale at noon on November 1, 2018. As our members know, tickets for PSPF's events go very quickly. You can access the MW website through our homepage and if you'd like to see the PSPF event line-up go directly to

3. In early 2019, PSPF will be celebrating the work of architect Hugh Kaptur. The celebration will include a lecture, tours, and the release of a scholarly tribute journal honoring the work of the talented modernist architect. See

4. While the city of Palm Springs has yet to commit to the naming of the Downtown Park (to be sited on the former grounds of the Desert Inn), PSPF and others in the community have championed naming the park for "Mother" Nellie Coffman, one of Palm Springs' important early pioneers. See

5. On October 18, 2018 the city of Palm Springs appointed Mr. Ken Lyon to be the city's first Historic Preservation Officer (HPO). Ken is eminently qualified for the position having served in the city's Planning Department since 2006 and having provided staff support to the city's Historic Site Preservation Board for many years. Ken earned a Masters Degree in Architecture (with distinction) in 1986 from the University of Michigan College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ken's extensive past professional experience includes serving as the University Architect at the University of Chicago and Managing Architect for the Chicago Public School Capital Improvement Program. PSPF first advocated for the HPO position in a June 2008 letter to the city manager and later in a January 2016 "reminder" letter. PSPF applauds the city's creation of the HPO position and we are confident it will pay dividends for historic preservation for many years to come. Read more at

6. PSPF recently made a $6,300 grant to the city of Palm Springs to help underwrite the video documentation of the rehabilitation of the historic Cornelia White House located on the Village Green. It is expected that the video will not only serve as a record of this historic preservation effort, but will also aid historians interested in the history of early Palm Springs. To read more about this project see

7. The California Preservation Foundation (CPF) has selected Palm Springs as the site of its May 2019 conference. To read more go to

8. On September 19, 2018 PSPF submitted the Class 1 Historic Site nomination for the Walter Kirschner "Casa Adaire" Residence (1937, Brewster & Benedict) to the city of Palm Springs. The 121-page nomination, written by PSPF board member Steven Keylon, documents one of southern California's most important examples of Spanish Colonial-Revival architecture. To read more go to

9. The fourth edition of our very popular "Archi-DECK-ture" playing cards, featuring historic properties in the Coachella Valley, has just been released! You can purchase your deck(s) on our "Shop" page at

10. PSPF's events during the Modernism Week Fall Preview (October 18-21, 2018) were a great success, a success only made possible by our talented volunteers! Our volunteers are recognized at

11. 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:

Patron • Barbara Munic • Advocates • William Schroeder • Penny Shaw • Barbara Shirley • Amazon Smile • Contributors • Stephanie Asadorian • Jeff Cauffman • Lori Cauffman • James Douglas • Gregory Even • Diane Kawashima • Diane Mailey • Marc McClellan • Claudia Ried • Lee Wilson, Jr. •

And to our 2018 Partners:

• HEDGE • H3K • Image360 Palm Desert • 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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