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Quarterly Newsletter 4-2010

1. PSPF's January schedule includes a clever and comedic murder mystery dinner theater written by local author Robert Julian entitled Modernism Kills on the 22nd at 5:30PM (for menu details and reservations see and an Alexander Weekend Pre-pre-Party with live Chicago jazz music by "Organic Blend" on the 29th at 7:30PM (for reservations see

2. On November 17, 2010 in a 3-2 vote (Pougnet, Foat and Hutcheson supporting), the Palm Springs city council upheld the decision of the Historic Site Preservation Board to deny the Certificate of Approval for the flawed remodel of the Welwood Murray Memorial Library. For background information on this hard-fought preservation victory see

3. On December 15, 2010, the Palm Springs city council voted 5-0 to proceed with plans to acquire both the Desert Fashion Plaza and the Town & Country Center. The vote by the city council was the culmination of many years of fruitless efforts by the city to motivate the developer to have the properties contribute to the city's economy. See

4. PSPF’s Royal Hawaiian Estates (RHE) open house on Sunday, November 28, 2010 was a great success attended by 300 lei-wearing tiki enthusiasts. Councilmember Rick Hutcheson presented home owners association representatives Ed Paquette and Bill Lewallen with a framed copy of RHE’s future entry in PSPF's Class 1 booklet. A special thank you to o2 Architecture for answering questions about their design of RHE’s missing “tiki apexes” (recently approved by the city’s Historic Site Preservation Board). For photos see

5. The Stephens House tour on Saturday, December 11, 2010 was attended by more than 100 lovers of modernist architecture who enjoyed a retro garden party. Councilmember Ginny Foat presented homeowners Bob Metcalf and David Skousen with a framed copy of their home’s future entry in PSPF's Class 1 booklet. For photos see

6. On December 27, 2010 PSPF submitted the Class 1 historic site nomination of Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms estate to the city of Palm Springs. Built in 1947 and designed by architect E. Stewart Williams, the residence is one of the finest examples of modernist architecture in Palm Springs. For more information see

7. Our Retro Martini Party (Friday, February 25, 2011) event page has been launched at This year's venue is the Jorgensen-Mavis House (1955) designed by architect William F. Cody. Check out our hip graphic poster and remember last year's Retro Martini Party sold out early! Additional PSPF Modernism Week (February 17-27) events can be found at For a complete schedule of Modernism Week events see

8. Mark your calendars for Alexander Weekend on March 25-27, 2011. If you are interested in underwriting the Alexander tribute journal see or talk to a PSPF board member.

9. Remember to join our 700-strong Facebook fan page for breaking preservation news and the opportunity to connect with fellow preservationists and lovers of Palm Springs architecture. See

A sincere "Thank You!" to our Contributors:

Preservationists ● Joe & Kim Zakowski ● Advocates ● Martin Danielson ● Elizabeth Osder ● Penny Shaw ● Contributors ● Guy Brackett ● Greg Brunton ● Todd Hays ● Judy McGinley ● William McLin ● Theodore Timko ● Donald Quaal ●

And our 2011 year-long Partners:

Paul Kaplan Modern Real Estate ● 20 First Modern Vintage Furnishings ● Ralph Haverkate Real Estate ● Mark Spohn, Sperry Van Ness ● Just Fabulous ●

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