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From the President

As February’s Modernism Week and March’s Alexander Weekend descend upon us, we take time to celebrate our architectural good fortune. These celebrations also give us a golden opportunity to showcase our great architecture to appreciative visitors from around the country and around the world.

PSPF’s events in celebration of Modernism Week (February 17-27) include our tour of Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms estate and our popular free lecture by PSPF board member Gary Johns. Aptly entitled Lost, Saved and Endangered: Modernist Architecture in Palm Springs, Gary’s lecture provides an entertaining and informative overview of local preservation advocacy efforts. Finally, our popular Retro Martini Party will take place at the Jorgensen-Mavis House (1955), an architectural gem designed by William Cody and located on the world-famous Thunderbird Country Club. This swanky event is PSPF’s primary fundraiser and has become the recurring “hot ticket” of Modernism Week.

Alexander Weekend (March 25-27) celebrates the 10th anniversary of our 2001 event that first recognized the significant contributions made by the Alexander Construction Company to modernist residential architecture in Palm Springs. The weekend includes the release of a 60-page tribute journal entitled The Alexanders: A Desert Legacy written by PSPF board member James Harlan. The journal includes many rare images from various archives and will surely grace coffee tables throughout the city for years to come.

Aside from attending these great events, what can you do to help the cause of historic preservation? Encourage a friend to take advantage of our free membership. Want to become more active? Under the “Join” tab we have a webpage entitled “Get Involved” which features A Concerned Citizen’s Guide to Getting Involved in Preservation.

Aiding the noble cause of historic preservation helps to ensure that great events like Modernism Week and Alexander Weekend will have something tangible to celebrate for many years to come.

Enjoy the season!

Ron Marshall

President

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