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4-2016 Quarterly Newsletter

1. On January 4, 2017 the Palm Springs city council approved (5-0) the Class 1 Historic Site designation of the William Cody-designed Shell Gas Station at 2796 North Palm Canyon Drive. As the last of the midcentury architect-designed gas stations still functioning as a gas station, it is both a design and engineering marvel. The September 1967 issue of Palm Springs Life magazine published an article entitled "Garish Gas Stations? Not in Palm Springs" which expounded at length on the architectural significance of the city's non-corporate, architect-designed gas stations. To read more see

2. Recently, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians has asserted it has the authority to make historic preservation decisions on "historically tribal land" even if that land is privately owned. As the city of Palm Springs attempts to clarify this jurisdictional issue (which has the potential to impact past and ongoing preservation efforts), PSPF has set up a very informative advocacy page at

3. The Zinque Resort, a proposed development at 350 North Palm Canyon Drive, will incorporate the art deco facade of the Class 1 Cork 'n Bottle building into the project's design. Unfortunately, the project also currently contemplates the demolition of the modernist Greyhound Bus Terminal (1959, Howard Lapham) at 311 North Indian Canyon Drive. To read more about this emerging preservation issue see

4. The exterior rehabilitation of Tahquitz Plaza has been completed under the supervision of preservation architect and PSPF advisor Susan Secoy Jensen and architect Hugh Kaptur. Tahquitz Plaza came extremely close to demolition and the stunning result is a testament to the continuing relevance of aggressive and proactive preservation advocacy in Palm Springs. See

5. PSPF's new Architecture 100 is on track for release during Modernism Week 2017! The PSPF booth at the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale will be your first opportunity to see and purchase this exciting new product which features over 100 architecturally-significant properties and a map to create your own self-driving tour.

6. A full listing of PSPF's Modernism Week Events (February 16-26, 2017) can be found at For the entire Modernism Week schedule see

7. The Sandcliff condominiums is conducting a Modernism Week tour of selected units that invites you to "mingle poolside for a pre- or post-tour signature beverage and light bites." The tour ticket price includes a copy of PSPF's popular The Architecture of Desert Leisure tribute journal. PSPF was instrumental in the creation of the Sherwin Barton-designed Sandcliff residential historic district (see For tour details and to purchase tickets see

8. The Pompeii de Las Palmas condominiums is conducting a Modernism Week tour that offers tourgoers an experience that might best be described as ?other-worldly.? PSPF was instrumental in the creation of the Roman Revival-style Pompeii de Las Palmas residential historic district (see For tour details and to purchase tickets see

9. 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:

Preservationists • Phyllis & Bruce Ritchie • Benefactors • Terry Anderson & Joseph Gamble • Elizabeth Osder • Patron • Linda Karin • Advocate • Robert Porter • Contributors • Amazon Smile • Margaret Brockman • Patricia Brockman • N. Gwyn Cready • Lisa & John Gibson • Kevin Stanley •

And to our 2016 Partners:

HEDGE • H3K • Signs By Tomorrow • 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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