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4-2015 Quarterly Newsletter

1. On January 11, 2016 PSPF re-submitted the Class 1 Historic Site nomination for the Town & Country Center (1948, Paul R. Williams & A. Quincy Jones) to the city of Palm Springs. The nomination's first stop is the city's Historic Site Preservation Board which may hear the nomination as early as February 9, 2016. We commend PSPF advisor Susan Secoy Jensen for authoring the 34-page nomination which supplements the scholarly work done by PSPF board member Patrick McGrew. The full nomination can be read at

2. On December 2, 2015 architect Hugh Kaptur's Tahquitz Plaza (600, 650, 700 and 750 East Tahquitz Canyon Way) was designated a Class 1 Historic Site by the Palm Springs city council. PSPF board members Steven Price and Tracy Beckmann ably and articulately represented PSPF who acted as the "applicant." For detailed background on this sometimes contentious advocacy see

3. On January 13, 2016 the Palm Springs city council approved the Class 1 Historic Site nomination of the Theodore & Claire Morse Residence. The Morse Residence started life as an Alexander tract home but was re-imaged in 1961 by Hollywood starchitect Hal Levitt. PSPF board members Ron and Barbara Marshall authored the 50-page nomination. That evening's city council meeting also saw the designation of the Village Manor (1955, Herbert Burns), today the nationally-famous midcentury Orbit In. The nomination was authored by PSPF member Jade Nelson. To read more about the Morse nomination see

4. The historic district nomination for the 40-unit Sandcliff Garden Apartment Homes (1960, Sherwin L. Barton) is tentatively scheduled for the February 3, 2016 Palm Springs city council meeting. The 46-page nomination was written by PSPF member Melissa Riche. Sandcliff has been added to our second reprint of The Architecture of Desert Leisure tribute journal which is due to be released during Modernism Week 2016. See

5. On January 7, 2016 PSPF submitted the Class 1 Historic Site nomination for the Villa Royale (a small inn located at 1620 South Indian Trail) to the city of Palm Springs. Villa Royale was designed by Los Angeles-based home designer Kenneth Dreisbach in 1947. Today Villa Royale includes two adjacent small hotels, Indian Trail Villa (1950) and Country Manor (1956). The 54-page nomination, which contains many interesting vintage photographs, was written by PSPF member Melissa Riche. See

6. In June of 2008 PSPF sent a letter to the Palm Springs city manager recommending the city create a full-time Preservation Officer (the letter included a job description). After informal conversations with city officials, PSPF has re-submitted the letter asserting that "In recent years the need for such a position has been well-validated." The idea has already gained traction and the city's Historic Site Preservation Board intends to discuss the topic at its February meeting. To read more go to

7. Welcome to new PSPF board member Rick Hobbs! Rick brings a wealth of experience from his time on the front lines of the Long Beach historic preservation movement. To read Rick's biography go to

8. We are pleased to announce that architect Hugh M. Kaptur has accepted our invitation to become a PSPF Board Member Emeritus. Some of Hugh's varied commissions include the Kauai Apartments (1963), Steve McQueen Residence (1964) and Tahquitz Plaza (1974). We thank Hugh for his commitment to historic preservation! See

9. There are still tickets available for some of PSPF's Modernism Week 2016 events. If you're interested in a big splashy party we recommend the Retro Martini Party. A smaller intimate party? Our Hollywood Glam in Palm Springs event in an E. Stewart Williams-designed residence is just your ticket! House tours include Cody's fabulous and rarely-seen Abernathy Residence and a multi-home tour of the Krisel-designed Canyon View Estates which features some stunning interiors. Available tickets are now down in the "double-digit" range so don't procrastinate! See all of our PSPF events at

10. Modernism Week (February 11-21, 2016) will soon be upon us! For a full list of Modernism Week 2016 events see

A sincere "Thank You!" to our Contributors:

Preservationists ● The Louis L. Borick Foundation ● Elizabeth Edwards Harris ● Benefactors ● Molly Bondhus & Wil Stiles ● Patrons ● Jan Harper ● Elizabeth Osder ● Sandra Reese ● Advocate ● Robert Porter ● Contributors ● Frances Dows ● Lisa & John Gibson ● Maren Oom ● Robert Zimmerman ●

To our PSPF Modernism Week 2016 Event Partners:

Crater Lake Vodka by Bendistillery ● H3K Design ● HEDGE ● Gary Wexler Design ● the KIP group

And to our 2015 Partners:

HEDGE ● Paul Kaplan modern real estate GROUP ● Signs By Tomorrow ● Gary Wexler Design

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