On January 9, 2023, the PSPF board was briefed by Luke Leuschner on his research progress regarding modernist architect Rudolph Schindler’s work in the Coachella Valley. Included in his briefing were hitherto unknown vintage family photographs of the Popenoe Cabin.
On October 4, 2022, PSPF sent a letter formalizing the grant arrangement with Leuschner. The grant was designated the “Fourth Patrick McGrew Memorial Research Grant” in honor of the late PSPF board member who made significant contributions to the public’s understanding of the Coachella Valley’s built environment. The working title of the prospective grant product is R. M. Schindler and the California Desert. To read the PSPF grant letter click here.
On October 3, 2022, the PSPF board was extensively briefed by architectural researcher Luke Leuschner on modernist architect R. M. Schindler’s work in the Coachella Valley. Leuschner talked about the hitherto untapped quantity of archival material available on the topic and proposed that PSPF consider supporting a book on the topic. After some discussion by the board, the decision was made to confer a $6,000 research grant to Leuschner to conduct research on architect Schindler’s seminal work in the Coachella Valley.