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From the President

As we enter April, it is hard to believe that yet another Palm Springs season is about to come to a close.

Our events program continued to draw members and nonmembers alike and PSPF was proud to continue its role as a Founding Partner of Modernism Week. Our most important event, the Retro Martini Party, took place at a very special venue, the Walt and Lily Disney residence at Smoke Tree Ranch. Guests arrived from such locales as Canada, the East Coast, and even a few from Australia made the trek. As dusk fell over the Ranch, the stars in the Palm Springs sky reflected in our guests' cocktail glasses. It truly was a magical evening.

As summer approaches, our Board and Volunteers are already hard at work planning next season's events. Watch for our Fall 2014 newsletter to keep your calendar up to date.

But of course, the Foundation is not just about great parties at fabulous historic residences. Education and advocacy are key components of PSPF's mission. Twice this year board member Gary Johns led the educational piece delivering his lecture Lost Saved & Endangered: Modernist Architecture in Palm Springs to packed crowds. Our preservation advocacy took many forms, including PSPF board members authoring the successful historic nominations for Palm Desert's Sandpiper Condominiums (Circles 11 & 12) and Palm Springs' Racquet Club Cottages West (now Racquet Club Garden Villas). Already this year historic nominations for the Paul Dougherty Residence and the Town & Desert Apartments (now the Hideaway) have been submitted to the city of Palm Springs and are winding their way through the historic designation process.

The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation prides itself in leading the battle for the preservation of the Town & Country Center. Working with our fellow preservation organizations in Palm Springs, we strive to ensure that the building will be preserved, and through adaptive reuse, be repurposed as an important cornerstone to the downtown revitalization process. While there are still many battles to fight, we are becoming optimistic that this important historic resource can and will be saved.

Of course, thanks to our members, volunteers and partners. While historic preservation is frequently an uphill battle, your support helps ensure that the architectural resources of Palm Springs can be preserved and enjoyed for generations to come.

Enjoy your summer and we hope to see you in Palm Springs this autumn.

Erik Rosenow


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