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From the President

Friends of Palm Springs and preservation -

While we "local" Palm Springers are able to finally leave our air-conditioned cocoons with the cooler autumnal weather others, be it snowbirds or weekenders, are planning their return to our desert paradise. We welcome you back for another season.

In what has become a familiar trend, preservation did not take a summer vacation.

Tahquitz Plaza, designed by Hugh Kaptur in the 1970s, remains at the forefront of our advocacy efforts. FBI investigations and ties with developers aside, the Foundation remains steadfast in the conviction that this historical resource be preserved. Our board members Ron and Barbara Marshall worked hard this summer authoring the Class 1 Historic Site nomination for this prominently sited complex. After lengthy discussion over two months by the Historic Site Preservation Board, the nomination will finally make its way to the Palm Springs City Council. The City Council's decision on Tahquitz Plaza will have repercussions for preservation for years to come. If this sounds like a game of chess, it very much is. PSPF efforts have been bolstered by our supportive members, many who have spoken in favor of the nomination at various city commission and board meetings or via email directly to City Council members.

A great victory was had in the heat of summer: the Town & Country Center, which has been on our radar for years, was reviewed at the state level and has been "determined to be eligible" for the National Register of Historic Places. The nomination was brilliantly authored by PSPF Board of Advisor member Susan Secoy Jensen. However, this honor does not protect the building in any way. PSPF continues to work with the city of Palm Springs to change the downtown Specific Plan to incorporate and preserve the Town & Country Center.

Finally, the owners of the Donald Wexler-designed Ramon Drug Building have applied for its demolition. While the now demolished Spa Hotel and Bathhouse was on sovereign Tribal land, the Ramon Drug Building is owned by Tribal "allottees" subject to city ordinances. PSPF asked the HSPB to levy a stay of demolition in order to further investigate the historic merits of this structure.

Please continue to welcome new board members Tracy Beckmann and Steven Price as they appear at our many functions. We're also delighted to add Susan Secoy Jensen and Richard "Kip" Serafin to our Board of Advisors.

We just came off a successful Modernism Week Fall Preview and anticipate a very exciting Modernism Week 2016, with an array of PSPF events. We look forward to seeing you then as well as at our other events throughout the year.

As always, we thank you for your continuing support.

Erik Rosenow


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