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4-2017 Quarterly Newsletter

1. IMPORTANT BREAKING NEWS! Last week the Palm Springs city council approved the Class 1 Historic Site designation of the Abe & Marion Schwartz Residence. The city had previously refused to process the nomination as the structure was located on formerly tribal land. PSPF's legal action last summer argued the land was now privately-owned and that the tribe's desire to assume State Historic Preservation Office duties did not relieve the city of its obligation to process local Class 1 Historic Site nominations. PSPF deemed this legal action critical to the health of historic preservation as the city's policy disenfranchised thousands of property owners from the benefits of historic designation. One year later, as a result of the pending legal action, the city processed (and approved) the Schwartz nomination thereby setting an important precedent and rendering the PSPF legal action moot. Owners who found themselves in this common property status (i.e., private ownership of formerly tribal land) can now proceed with their historic nominations. To read more about PSPF v. City of Palm Springs see The Schwartz Residence's Class 1 designation now protects one of the city's most exuberant examples of modernism. See

2. PSPF has added a new event to the Modernism Week 2018 schedule! "Southridge at Sunset" is an elegant cocktail party unveiling the rarely-seen Thomas & Berniece Griffing Residence. Built in 1962 and designed by Ross Patton and Albert "Duke" Wild, the Griffing Residence recently underwent a sensitive renovation by preservation architect and PSPF advisory board member Susan Secoy Jensen. During the event, PSPF will make a short announcement about its inaugural "Patrick McGrew Memorial Research Grant" and will recognize the grant's first recipient. Great architecture, sparkling conversation and magnificent views combine for an unforgettable Palm Springs evening. These tickets will sell quickly, to buy yours go to

3. During Modernism Week, PSPF will release the lavishly-illustrated book Concrete Screen Block: The Power of Pattern. The book catalogs over 250 screen block patterns and tells the story of this amazing building material through rare vintage photographs and advertisements. Locals will appreciate the inclusion of many Palm Springs sites including Vista Las Palmas, Canyon View Estates, Sandcliff, and others. One of the events in celebration of the book's release is a house tour of a stunning Boris Gertzen-designed residence. Making this an exceptional value, a copy of the book is included in the tour ticket price. To buy tickets go to

4. Herbert Burns Weekend tickets are now on sale! The March 23-24, 2018 event will recognize one of Palm Springs' most important modernist architectural designers and will include an informative lecture, a tour, and a closing cocktail reception. In conjunction with the weekend, PSPF will release The Design of Herbert W. Burns, a tribute journal written by PSPF board member Steven Keylon. Sponsorship opportunities for you or your organization are still available. For details and tickets see

5. On November 2, 2017 PSPF submitted the 43-page Class 1 Historic Site nomination for the George F. & Marcia Barrett Residence (better known as the William Holden Estate) to the Palm Springs Historic Site Preservation Board. The beautiful midcentury Deepwell residence was constructed by local master builder Joe Pawling in 1955. Oscar-winning actor William Holden owned the residence from 1966-1977. To read the nomination go to

6. La Serena Villas, which came close to being demolished in 2009, appeared this fall on the front page of the Los Angeles Times "Travel" section. As our members recall, this historic property was saved through the efforts of PSPF and the Historic Tennis Club Neighborhood Organization who lobbied the city of Palm Springs to designate it a Class 1 Historic Site. After its designation, the property was sold to a new owner who lovingly restored the property. While our big box hotels have their place, it is our hip and charming boutique hotels that continue to attract national attention. See

7. PSPF continues its efforts to name the new Downtown Park after Palm Springs pioneer "Mother" Nellie Coffman. As part of PSPF's free Modernism Week lecture series, on Wednesday, February 21st, former Palm Springs mayor Will Kleindienst will give an informative talk about Coffman's role and the importance of the Desert Inn in making the city a world-class resort. To read more about this important advocacy go to

8. The nomination for the Miles Bates Residence (1954, Walter S. White) has been submitted to the State Historic Preservation Office so it can be considered for the State and National Registers. The quirky structure, located in Palm Desert, features a striking "wave" roof. To read more see

9. PSPF's Architecture 100 continues to be our most popular educational product. The soft-touch, 74-page booklet features over 100 architecturally-significant properties and a map to create your own self-driving tour. It can be purchased locally at the Palm Springs Visitors Center, Trina Turk, Destination PSP, and at the gift shop of the Palm Springs Art Museum, Architecture and Design Center. See

10. 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 ? Besser Company ? Richard Crisman & Jeff Brock, Holiday House ? The Paul Kaplan Group ? Babs & Ron Marshall ? Phyllis & Bruce Ritchie ? Vista Las Palmas Neighborhood Organization ? Benefactors ? Kevin Miller & Jinny Park, Orbit In ? Jade Nelson ? Patrons ? Ronald Jones ? Elizabeth Osder ? Advocates ? Janet Loeb ? Robert Porter ? Penelope Shaw ? Contributors ? Amazon Smile ? Joy Brabec ? Anne Cooke ? Lisa & John Gibson ? Regina Kirillov ? Trisha & Len Schwigen ?

And to our 2017 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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