As we approach the 2014-2015 season in Palm Springs, we leave a summer where the preservation scene really heated up. Well documented on the PSPF website, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians announced in early summer the closure of the Spa Hotel complex and plans to consider demolition of this important historic resource. PSPF took quick action, arranging to meet with tribal leaders and offering alternatives to demolition including the option of a sensitive rehabilitation. Soon thereafter our "Save the Spa" signs went up in storefronts, in car windows and as Facebook profile photos. The preservation community sent over 1,000 online letters to the tribe, urging tribal leaders to keep its iconic architectural resource. PSPF would like to thank all of you who participated in these endeavors. There truly is strength in numbers! However, with regards to the Spa, the tribe seemed to ignore our suggestions, and fast-tracked the demolition, beginning with the iconic colonnade.
As a preservation community we cannot rest on our laurels. We must continue to fight some very difficult battles. And we cannot do it without you. As the "Save the Spa" campaign unfolded, it was not just a handful of people working but rather a preservation community united.
As we enter the autumn, we look to you for continued support. If you have volunteered for PSPF in the past, we encourage you to continue to do so. If you have not, we invite you to join our important efforts. With Modernism Weekend events in mid-October just around the corner (and Modernism Week 2015 coming all too soon), we have many opportunities for event support including staffing the Modernism Show booth, helping docent the Steel House #1 home tour, or supporting Gary Johns' wildly popular lecture, Lost, Saved and Endangered.
Do you have a special skill set? Let us know! For those great at public speaking PSPF always needs help during public comments at City Council and other various commission meetings. Experienced with a camera, still or video? We'd love your help to continue to document our efforts in the digital world. We're thinking outside the box to get more of our great membership actively involved in our advocacy efforts.
See our "Get Involved" webpage (under the "Join" tab) or contact the PSPF administrative officer Denis Moreen directly and let us know how you think you might be able to help. We would love for you to join our enthusiastic team of volunteers, who can tell you how rewarding it is to help PSPF with our efforts and events.
Welcome back to another season in Palm Springs. We look forward to seeing you at our fall events!