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Preservation Matters 2022

23apr12:00 pm5:00 pmPreservation Matters 202212:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Preservation Matters 2022

Event Details

Every year, the Historic Site Preservation Board of the City of Palm Springs offers Preservation Matters — a two-afternoon program of presentations, discussions, exhibits, and tours. 

For 2022, it will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24, from noon to about 5:00 pm each day.  Conveniently located in the Palm Springs Convention Center, you may attend any number of its 15+ offerings at no cost, but you must register at this linkhttps://www.palmspringsca.gov/government/departments/planning/historic-resources/preservation-month/event-registration


Day One - April 23, 2022 

12:00 pm   Registration Open and Tables/Exhibits on Display

  • Viewing of architectural models made by students from St. Theresa Catholic School, Palm Springs High School, and College of the Desert

1:00 pm     Symposium

  • Welcome by Lisa Middleton (Mayor of Palm Springs)
  • Host Welcome by Trina Turk, (fashion designer)
  • Preserving Paul R. Williams’ Legacy: The Town & Country Center and his Architecture in Palm Springs – by Janna Ireland, (photographer), followed by panel discussion with Steven Keylon, (vice-president, Palm Springs Preservation Foundation) and Susan Secoy Jensen, (architect and PSPF Board of Advisors)
  • Preservation through Education – by Joan Gand, (chair, Education Committee of PS ModCom)
  • Polynesian Pop Design in Palm Springs – by Sven Kirsten (tiki historian)
  • Mod with a Twist – Brutalism: A Modernist’s Dilemma by Jay Zaltzman, (co-founder, Makerville)
  • The Aluminaire House Shines at the Palm Springs Art Museum - by Adam Lerner, (JoAnn McGrath executive director/CEO, Palm Springs Art Museum)
  • Southridge Beyond the Gate: Architectural Drama, Diversity and Excellence – by Steven Price, (architectural historian) and Susan Secoy Jensen, (architect and PSPF Board of Advisors)
  • HSPB Accomplishments in 2021/22 – by Ken Lyon (principal city planner, historic preservation officer) and Katherine Hough (chair, Palm Springs Historic Site Preservation Board)Closing by Katherine Hough

4:00-5:00pm    Home/Site tours -

Day Two - April 24, 2022

12:00 pm   Registration and Organization Tables Open

  • Viewing of architectural models made by students from St. Theresa Catholic School, Palm Springs High School, and College of the Desert

1:00 pm     Symposium

  • Host Welcome by Jade Nelson (vice-chair, Palm Springs Historic Site Preservation Board)
  • The Palm Springs “School”: Its Contributions to Modernism, Preservation and Contemporary Architecture - Discussion between Janice Lyle (director, Sunnylands Center & Gardens) and Sidney Williams (architectural historian, Palm Springs Architectural Alliance)
  • Charles E. Du Bois, A.I.A.: More Than Just an A Frame by Ryan Harris (writer) and Steve Treinen (historian)
  • Mod with a Twist – Growing up with the Stars in Palm Springs - by Greg Hough (former president, Palm Springs Historical Society)
  • Showbiz Comes to the Desert - by Courtney Newman (president, Palm Springs Modern Committee)
  • A Case Study: The Randolph Scott Residence - by Steve Eckles (passionate homeowner)
  • Creating the Twin Palms Blade Sign - by Eric Chiel (pop culture documentarian)
  • Plaza Theatre: History, Preservation, Restoration and Future - presentation and panel discussion with J.R. Roberts, (steering committee chair, Plaza Theatre), Peter Wilson (architect, Gensler), and Renee Brown, (curator, Palm Springs Historical Society)Honors and Recognition Awards: “The 2022 Preservation Matters Award” presented to Dick Burkett (co-founder, Palm Springs Architectural Alliance), and “Certificate of Recognition” presented to Steven Keylon (vice-president, Palm Springs Preservation Foundation)
  • Closing by Katherine Hough, (chair, Palm Springs Historic Site Preservation Board)

4:30-6:00 pm   Reception (separate registration required)

  • There will be limited tickets to the after-event reception, where attendees will have an opportunity to meet with presenters. This event will be held in the Primrose foyer with a no-host bar and complimentary appetizers.

Registration Instructions:

Ticket registration is required for both days. Click buttons below to register for each day.

Register for Friday, April 23, 2022

Register for Saturday, April 24, 2022


(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Palm Springs Convention Center

277 N Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262


Free Event