Palm Springs Preservation Foundation

Concrete Screen Block: The Power of Pattern

Concrete Screen Block: The Power of Pattern was researched and written by PSPF board members Ron and Barbara Marshall. The layout and design of the 120-page book was done by talented graphic designer Gary Wexler. Published in 2018, the scholarly and lavishly-illustrated book catalogs over 250 screen block patterns. Sometimes called breeze or perforated block, screen block was used by many of the major architects of the era, including Edward Durell Stone, and by architects like William Krisel and William Cody in Southern California. PSPF believes that this book will help identify rare examples of this extraordinary building material and will greatly aid future historic preservation efforts. In addition to contemporary professional photographs, the book includes many extraordinary vintage images. This PSPF educational effort is fundamentally different from the foundation's past journal projects. While Palm Springs is certainly a point of focus, this book is national in scope and will help inform preservation efforts throughout the Sunbelt, from California to Florida.

$45.00 (includes book, shipping and handling, U.S. Shipping Only)

Power of Pattern

Architecture 100

Architecture 100 was researched and written by PSPF board members Ron & Barbara Marshall who have authored several Class 1 Historic Site nominations for the city of Palm Springs. Published in 2017, this soft-touch 74-page booklet, with concealed Wire-O binding and accompanying maps, helps the user design a self-driving tour of the architecturally significant buildings of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. Beautifully designed by graphic artist Gary Wexler, the guide contains both new and historic photographs, architectural renderings and vintage postcard images. Already a best-seller, this indispensable guide is a favorite of tourists and locals alike.

$23.50 (includes booklet, shipping and handling, U.S. Shipping Only)

2017 Architecture 100

Archi-"DECK"-ture Playing Cards

The Archi-"DECK"-ture playing card deck features 52 different Palm Springs and Coachella Valley area midcentury properties. Each card includes a photo and four interesting facts about the property. The cards are smooth finish premium paper stock and are Made in the USA.

$13.50 (includes card deck, shipping and handling, U.S. Shipping Only)


Sentinels in Stone Tribute Journal

Sentinels in Stone: Palm Springs' Historic Tennis Club Neighborhood and its Iconic Walls by historian Steve Vaught. Published in 2015, this 48-page tribute journal chronicles the early history and architecture of Palm Springs as told by the stone structures including elegant residences, artist cabins, walls of all descriptions, even lowly turn-of-the century irrigation ditches. Many of the rare vintage photographs in the journal reveal spectacular vistas of Palm Springs before the city's incorporation in 1938.

$23.50 (includes tribute journal, shipping and handling, U.S. Shipping Only)

Signed 2015 Sentinels in Stone Tribute Journal

Desert Leisure Tribute Journal

The Architecture of Desert Leisure by author and PSPF president Erik Rosenow. Published in 2013, this fun and educational 40-page tribute journal chronicles the rise of the "lifestyle" condominium in south Palm Springs and places these fascinating residences in their respective social, historical, and architectural contexts. Through rarely-seen vintage photographs and advertisements, this journal captures the allure of the "leisure lifestyle" and the glamour it promised to middle-class home buyers. The journal also examines how the lifestyle condominium phenomenon matured into modernist designs bordering on the "lavish."

$23.50 (includes tribute journal, shipping and handling, U.S. Shipping Only)

Signed 2013 Leisure Life Tribute Journal

Desert Spanish Tribute Journal

Desert Spanish: The Early Architecture of Palm Springs by author and architectural historian the late Patrick McGrew. Published in 2012, this 80-page tribute journal is illustrated with rare vintage photographs from the Gail B. Thompson Collections (Courtesy The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn). This PSPF effort represents the most comprehensive and scholarly overview of Palm Springs' beautiful Spanish-influenced architecture to date.

$23.50 (includes tribute journal, shipping and handling, U.S. Shipping Only)

Signed 2012 Desert Spanish Tribute Journal

Alexander Tribute Journal

The Alexanders: A Desert Legacy by author and architect James R. Harlan. Published in 2011, this beautiful 60-page soft-cover journal pays tribute to the significant contributions made by the Alexander Construction Company to Palm Springs' "built environment." The tribute journal includes rarely seen photographs from the Alexander family, the Julius Shulman archives and from architect William Krisel's personal collection. This scholarly tribute journal provides invaluable insight into California's modernist residential architecture.

$23.50 (includes tribute journal, shipping and handling, U.S. Shipping Only)

Signed Alexander Tribute Journal Special

Wexler Tribute Journal

Donald Wexler: Architect by author and architectural historian the late Patrick McGrew. Published in 2010, this 60-page soft-cover journal was the first work written about famed desert modernist architect Donald A. Wexler, FAIA. Making the journal doubly significant, architect Wexler's son and graphic artist Gary Wexler was commissioned by PSPF to do the lay-out and design of the journal. The resulting collaboration between writer and graphic artist is a product that is both scholarly and visually arresting. This beautiful tribute journal is a "must have" for any architectural library.

$23.50 (includes tribute journal, shipping and handling, U.S. Shipping Only)

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Individual copies of our tribute journals are available at the following retail locations:

  • Destination PSP (170 North Palm Canyon Drive)
  • Palm Springs Visitors Center (2901 North Palm Canyon Drive)
  • Palm Springs Historical Society (221 South Palm Canyon Drive)

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