The Palm Springs Historic Site Foundation was founded in 1997 by Professor Carl Prout, Diana “Mousie” Powell and other concerned citizens who believed that a fuller appreciation of Palm Springs’ architecture and history could be achieved through education. The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation is the spiritual successor to that original mission. Over the years the foundation has done much to achieve its stated goal of educating a host of audiences about the importance of preservation. One of the primary ways this educational goal is accomplished is with the publication of “tribute journals” to various desert architects (including William F. Cody, E. Stewart Williams) and builders (the Alexander Construction Company). The foundation has also published tribute journals that celebrate the city’s Spanish Colonial Revival and Polynesian “tiki” architecture.
Over the years, the foundation has also played a key role in making the city’s “Modernism Week” (held annually in February) a recurring success.