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From the President

Welcome to another exciting season with the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation!

As a Founding Partner of Modernism Week, PSPF continued its role and participated in the Modernism Week Fall Season Kick-Off Event, which took place October 11-14. Gary Johns' ever-popular lecture, Lost, Saved & Endangered: Modernist Architecture in Palm Springs, was a "sell-out" as always. Gary provides a great history of the preservation movement in Palm Springs, including many personal anecdotes. If you missed his lecture this fall, be sure to see it during Modernism Week 2014 this February.

In November, our fall event features the Charlie Farrell estate. Shown during renovation during our 2012 Desert Spanish Weekend, we are proud to partner with Iconic Palm Springs Vacation Rentals for the unveiling of the finished project!

And as Modernism Week 2014 is just around the corner, please check out our event page well in advance in order not to risk disappointment in a sell-out. We are especially excited for our Retro Martini Party as party-goers will get a rare glimpse of the Walt and Lily Disney Residence on the very exclusive Smoke Tree Ranch.

However, our advocacy efforts must remain at the core of the Foundation. With last year's fire at the Carnell Building still fresh in our minds, we were deeply saddened by September's fire at the cherished Community Church of Palm Springs. With each fire at (partially) vacant buildings, will the Town & Country Center be next? Fires like these can be avoided with the proper enforcement of the City's Vacant Building Ordinance. PSPF answered Mayor Pougnet calling for proper enforcement in both the Desert Sun as well as in a letter to the Mayor that listed the most endangered buildings. The Foundation is happy to work with the City to ensure these buildings do not meet with a similar fate.

As I took the reins of the Foundation's Presidency in May, please join me in acknowledging the years of great work that both outgoing President Ron Marshall and former Administrator Barbara Marshall gave to the Foundation. We're very fortunate that both Ron and Barbara continue to serve on the Board and will undoubtedly remain active with the Foundation for years to come. On a personal level, I appreciate their guidance and friendship as I truly do have big shoes to fill!

Finally, thank you to our members. Whether you spoke on behalf of PSPF at City Council, helped docent one of our tours, attended one of our events, financially contributed to PSPF, or simply help add to our numbers, we truly appreciate it. With over 2,000 members and over 1,400 Facebook fans, we continue to grow! With your help, PSPF's future is in good hands.

Here's to a great 2013-2014 Season!

Erik Rosenow


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