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4-2018 Quarterly Newsletter

1. PSPF is proud to announce that we are the "lead sponsor" for the Palm Springs Art Museum's upcoming exhibition "Hugh Kaptur: Organic Desert Architecture" to be held from February 2-June 17, 2019, at the Architecture and Design Center. As part of our sponsorship, PSPF has arranged for FREE ADMISSION during Palm Springs Modernism Week (February 14-24, 2019). PSPF's new 152-page book, The Modern Architecture of Hugh Michael Kaptur, written by PSPF board member Steven Keylon, will be released in conjunction with the museum exhibition. After its public release on February 2, 2019, the book will be available for purchase (for $50) on the PSPF website Shop page and at the Architecture and Design Center.

2. On Sunday, January 20, 2019, from 3-5PM, PSPF will host a reception and tour at the Roland Bishop Residence (1925, Dodd & Richards). The Bishop Residence has undergone an extensive and remarkable year-long rehabilitation. One of the most important Italian Renaissance Revival structures in southern California, the Bishop Residence is the architectural "twin" of the adjacent William Mead/Samuel Untermyer Residence (today "The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn"). The rehabilitation includes refreshed and restored hardware, wood, tile and metal finishes, in addition to new concrete flatwork. Completing the environment, the residence has been extensively outfitted with period furnishings. Both the Bishop Residence and The Willows will be open for touring. A copy of PSPF's 80-page book, Desert Spanish: The Early Architecture of Palm Springs, is included in the ticket price. Light hors d'oeuvres and sparkling wine will be served. For tickets, please visit

3. On Friday, February 1, 2019, from 5-8PM, PSPF will host a cocktail reception at the Paul and Kay Selzer Residence (1988, Hugh Kaptur) to celebrate the release of PSPF's scholarly 152-page book, The Modern Architecture of Hugh Michael Kaptur, written by PSPF board member Steven Keylon. This rarely seen home is a late example of Kaptur's work and is a must see for architectural aficionados. Kaptur opines, "I consider the Selzer House to be the best house that I've ever designed." The Selzer Residence is spectacularly sited with uninterrupted westerly views of the San Jacinto mountains. As a special treat, guests will be the first to receive a copy of our new book on Kaptur. And, as an added treat, Hugh Kaptur is scheduled to attend. Hors d'oeuvres and adult beverages will be served. For tickets, see

4. Modernism Week 2019 is scheduled from February 14-24, 2019 and there are still tickets available to some great events. One of the best values of Modernism Week is PSPF's "Hard-hat" Tour of the Al and Lois Anderson Residence designed by architect Hugh Kaptur in 1979. The ticket price includes a copy of PSPF's newly released 152-page book The Modern Architecture of Hugh Michael Kaptur (a $50 value). For tickets, see

5. PSPF is leading an effort to name the new Downtown Park after Palm Springs pioneer "Mother" Nellie Coffman, owner of the Desert Inn and one of the city's leading philanthropists. The city has historically named its parks after its illustrious female pioneers (e.g., Ruth Hardy Park and Frances Stevens Park) and it seems fitting to continue that tradition. We have made significant progress on this initiative in recent months, see

6. On December 13, 2018 PSPF submitted the Class 1 Historic Site nomination for Inspiration Point (aka "The Promontory") to the city of Palm Springs. The 64-page nomination, written by PSPF member Steve Vaught on behalf of PSPF, provides a fascinating history of one of the most visible, and mysterious, mountainside structures in the Coachella Valley. To read more about Inspiration Point go to

7. On November 26, 2018 PSPF submitted the Class 1 Historic Site nomination for the Avery Field Cabin Ruins (1920, Avery Field, Builder) to the city of Palm Springs. The 72-page nomination, written by PSPF member Steve Vaught on behalf of PSPF, documents a rare, unique and significant surviving object from the early development of Palm Springs. To read more about these fascinating ruins go to

8. Congratulations to architect and honorary PSPF board member Hugh Kaptur for being recognized by the Los Angeles Conservancy's Modern Committee with a "Modern Masters Award" on December 17, 2018. PSPF board member Steven Keylon accompanied Hugh to the event.

9. After an impressive five years and eight months of volunteer service to the city of Palm Springs, PSPF president Gary Johns "termed out" of his chairmanship of the city of Palm Springs' Historic Site Preservation Board. The many successes of the HSPB in recent years are, in large part, testament to Gary's vision and leadership.

10. The California Preservation Foundation (CPF) has selected Palm Springs as the site of its May 2019 conference. To read more go to

11. 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 Donors:

Preservationist • Garth Gilpin • Benefactor • B. D. Farha • Patron • Bill Lieber • Advocates • Martin Danielson • Ronald Duby • Michael Hinkle • Sara Swanson • Vacation Rentals • Contributors • Lisa Brownell • Lisa & John Gibson • Nicholas Konoske • Felicia Penido •

Our Kaptur book Underwriters:

• The Louis L. Borick Foundation • Scott Timberlake, Realty Trust • John Abner, Troy Neifert, Bruce Strohm & John Strohm, Koffi Corporation • Modernism Week • Jay Nailor & MiShell Modern • Liz & Mark Ostoich, FARM & Tac/Quila • Gary Johns • Ron & Barbara Marshall •

And to our 2019 Sponsors:

• H3K • Gary Wexler Design • the KiP group • Palm Springs Homes by Alex Dethier • • The Paul Kaplan 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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