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Quarterly Newsletter 4-2012

1. Recently, there have been some positive developments regarding the Chart House Restaurant (Kendrick Bangs Kellogg, 1978). The latest development was completion of a city-contracted expert review that recommended that the building be rehabilitated or reconstructed. On Thursday, January 17th at 1PM, the city council of Rancho Mirage (69-934 Highway 111) will hear public testimony and will hopefully move to save this much-loved historic building. While PSPF and PSModCom representatives will make public comment to the city council and will ask that the building be reconstructed, you are asked to please attend if you can. If you cannot attend, please send an email to Cindy Scott, the Rancho Mirage city clerk, at so that your views will become part of the official record. Your email might mean the difference between demolition and preservation! To read more see

2. The Class 1 Historic Site nomination of the J.W. Robinson Department Store building (Luckman & Pereira, 1958) was recently endorsed by the city of Palm Springs' Historic Site Preservation Board and will be heard by the city council on Wednesday, January 16th at 6PM at city hall. It is the first item on the agenda and PSPF members are encouraged to attend and state their support for the nomination (which is unfortunately opposed by the current owner). If you cannot attend, please send an email to the city clerk at so that your support for the protection of this important modernist building can be made part of the official record. The nomination, prepared by PSPF board member Ron Marshall, can be read at

3. PSPF continues to advocate for the Town & Country Center (Paul R. Williams & A. Quincy Jones,1948) and recently asked that the building be placed on the city of Palm Springs' Vacant Building monitoring program. In an October 21, 2012 letter to the city manager of Palm Springs, PSPF provided compelling photographic evidence of the owner's poor stewardship of this historic property. See .

4. In partnership with the homeowners association of Sandpiper Condominium Circles 11 and 12 (Palmer & Krisel, 1965), PSPF has submitted an historic district nomination for the two circles to the city of Palm Desert. The nomination, prepared by PSPF board member Jim Harlan, is an important first step in the protection and recognition of this architecturally important condominium complex. The first circles of the Sandpiper condominium development were constructed in 1958. To read the nomination see

5. PSPF is proudly sponsoring the Class 1 Historic Site nomination of the internationally-famous Abernathy Residence. This beautiful pavilion-style modernist residence was designed by architect William F. Cody in 1962 for millionaire socialite James Logan Abernathy (1890-1980). The scholarly nomination, prepared by PSPF board member Patrick McGrew, can be read at

6. There are still tickets available for PSPF's Events in Celebration of Modernism Week (February 14-24, 2013), including our new Steel Modern After All these Years house tour on Tuesday, February 19th. This fascinating and educational tour will include an early steel house by General Houses, Inc. (Fisher, 1937), one of the iconic Steel Development Houses (Wexler & Harrison, 1962) and a new steel house constructed by Blue Sky Building Systems (O’Donnell, 2012). Tourgoers will receive a scholarly 8-page tour booklet describing the architectural importance of these extraordinary houses. For information on all of PSPF's events during Modernism Week see

7. PSPF is proud to be the beneficiary of an art event entitled "Modern Love" at I.M.A.G.E.S by Gideon Fine Art Gallery on Sunday, February 17 from 2-5PM (2682 South Cherokee Way, Palm Springs). For details see

8. Tickets are now available for our upcoming "Leisure Life" Weekend (March 22-24, 2013). The celebratory weekend will recognize Palm Springs' unique midcentury condominium lifestyle. The tour will visit several complexes in south Palm Springs including Country Club Estates, Villa Roma, Canyon View Estates and Kings Point. See

9. We are happy to announce that because of their continuing popularity, both Donald Wexler: Architectand The Alexanders: A Desert Legacy are going into their second printing. The second printing will include some updates to these two tribute journals, including mention of the PSHS Administration Building demolition and the "discovery" of a small Alexander neighborhood off South Farrell Drive.

10. PSPF board member Gary Johns has been invited to present his popular lecture Lost, Saved & Endangered: Modernist Architecture in Palm Springs at the Palm Springs Art Museum sometime in the near future. Stay tuned for more details.

A sincere "Thank You!" to our Contributors:

Preservationists ● Eric Ellenbogen ● Duff Kliewer & Bruce Pensyl ● Benefactor ● Ken Peterson ● William Scott ● Patron ● Stan Dean & Doug MacBeth ● Elizabeth Osder ●Advocate ● Lisa & John Gibson ● Contributors ● Valarie & James Burrows ● Lynne Hobbs ●

And to our 2012 year-long Partners:

Jazzercise ● Signs By Tomorrow ● Gary Wexler Design ● Casa Cody ●

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