Saving Modernism in Palm Springs

Palm Springs is seen as a haven for Modernist architecture, but so far no local buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places.

From the AIA blog:

"Architecture is driving the city's renaissance," says Ken Lyon, senior planner for the City of Palm Springs. "Yet a majority of significant properties are still unprotected."

Preservation efforts are in full effect, including a "Modernism Week" held in late February.

"During Modernism Week, preservations handed out fliers to ask residents to lobby their local officials to vote against a proposed new parking plan that would block roadside views of the Frey-designed City Hall, a Class 1 structure that Johns says deserves site protection as well as building protection. The local Desert Sun newspaper ran an editorial in support of the preservationist position, yet the outcome is still to be decided."

Full Story: Architectural Vigilance Pays Off for Palm Springs Preservationists


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