1. WE HAVE DELAYED THIS QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER IN ORDER TO BETTER UPDATE YOU ON THIS EMERGING PRESERVATION ISSUE! Tahquitz Plaza (1971, Kaptur & Lapham) at 600-700 East Tahquitz Canyon Way is currently threatened with demolition by the high-density "Aberdeen" project. We have created an advocacy webpage that provides you with important background information. See http://www.pspreservationfoundation.org/tahquitz_plaza.html.
2. On January 8, 2015 PSPF submitted the historic district nomination for the Pompeii de Las Palmas (PDLP) condominium complex (1964, Architect Unknown). PDLP is a quirky, Roman Revival-style modernist complex that remains remarkably intact. PDLP is one of the finest remaining examples of the small hotels and seasonal rentals that were once common in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. PSPF board member and architect Jim Harlan has authored a fascinating 32-page nomination which can be found at http://www.pspreservationfoundation.org/pompeii_de_las_palmas.html.
3. On December 31, 2014 PSPF submitted the National Register nomination for the Town & Country Center to the California State Historic Preservation Office. To read the nomination see http://www.pspreservationfoundation.org/tcc.html.
4. We thank Marianne and Tom O'Connell for accepting our invitation to become honorary PSPF board members. The O'Connell's are the good stewards of Frank Sinatra's Twin Palms Estate (1947, E. Stewart Williams). See http://www.pspreservationfoundation.org/board.html.
5. On Monday, February 16, 2015 from 5-7PM the Del Marcos Hotel invites the PSPF membership to help celebrate a room dedication and the release of a Nat Reed limited edition postcard hand-signed by the artist. The postcard artwork will showcase the historic Del Marcos Hotel (1947, William F. Cody). Sales of the postcard will benefit PSPF. This is a free event and light refreshments will be served. See http://www.pspreservationfoundation.org/modernism_2015.html.
6. On Wednesday, February 18, 2015 (from 1-2PM) the photographs of Jim Schnepf are celebrated with a Modernism Week event entitled "Palm Springs Modern Living: A Photographic Document of the People Behind the Midcentury Modern Architecture." The photographs can also be seen at Archangel Gallery (1103 North Palm Canyon Drive) from February 12-22, 2015. Jim has generously donated photographs for PSPF's use for several years. For tickets to the MW event see
7. PSPF's list of events contributing to the 2015 Modernism Week schedule can be found at http://www.pspreservationfoundation.org/modernism_2015.html. Notably, there are still some tickets left for PSPF's "Grand" Canyon View Estates house tour which will showcase 11 great midcentury condominiums and their interiors. For the full schedule of Modernism Week events see http://www.modernismweek.com/.
8. Save the Date! On Sunday, March 29, 2015 PSPF will release Sentinels in Stone: Palm Springs' Historic Tennis Club Neighborhood and Its Iconic Walls a beautifully illustrated tribute journal which celebrates the early architecture of Palm Springs as told through its stone walls and turn of the century stone ruins. Details to follow!
9. Enacted in 1972, the California Mills Act grants participating local governments (like Palm Springs) "the authority to directly participate in a historic preservation program." Specifically, it provides private property owners with an economic incentive, via property tax relief, to invest in the restoration of their historic properties. Property owners qualify for this property tax relief if they pledge to restore and maintain the historical and architectural character of their properties. A formal agreement (known as a Mills Act contract) is executed between the city and the property owner for a minimum ten-year term. Contracts are automatically renewed each year and are transferred to new owners when the property is sold. For owners of historic properties the tax relief can be quite significant and it applies to both private residences and commercial buildings. To read more about the California Mills Act see http://ohp.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=21412.