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From the President

We have a full winter season of events starting with Wexler Weekend (January 22-24, 2010) and continuing into Modernism Week (February 12-21, 2010).

Wexler Weekend pays tribute to one of the desert’s most prolific and talented architects, Donald A. Wexler, AIA. The weekend includes an educational film, a jazz brunch, a remarkable home tour, a sophisticated cocktail party (with an architecturally-themed silent auction) and a visit to the celebrated Steel Development Homes. Wexler Weekend also features the release of one of PSPF’s popular “tribute journals.” The tribute journal chronicles Wexler’s career and is based on personal interviews of Don by journal author Patrick McGrew.

Modernism Week will include three PSPF events: a free lecture on Palm Springs’ modernist architecture, a tour of Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms Estate and our wildly popular Retro Martini Party. This year’s Retro Martini Party will be held at John Lautner’s famous Arthur Elrod House (1968), described by one commentator as the “world’s greatest living room.” The Elrod House became part of our popular culture when it starred in the 1971 James Bond movie “Diamonds Are Forever.”

While visiting our website please take a moment to read about the proposed City Hall parking lot reconfiguration, the quest of Royal Hawaiian Estates to become the city’s first residential historic district and the recent historic designation of the Oasis Commercial Building.

Finally, if you have a friend interested in the preservation of Palm Springs’ world-renowned architecture, please encourage them to take advantage of our free membership.

Enjoy the season!

Ron Marshall


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