Palm Springs Modern Committee Annual Preservation Awards Dinner – Oct. 3, 2015

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Coachella Valley’s social season opened Oct. 3 with the Palm Springs Modern Committee’s Annual Preservation Awards Dinner at the Hard Rock Hotel. The glamorous event drew more than 350 architectural enthusiasts who joined the committee in recognizing those who have made valuable contributions in the areas of preservation, restoration, and adaptive reuse of midcentury modern buildings and new modern design.

Lending excitement to the glamorous evening was Trina Turk, Palm Springs’ own celebrity clothing and home goods designer, who emceed the night’s award program.

Honors went to:

  • Residential Rehabilitation Award: Designer Sam Cardella, Merle and Robert Lustbader for the Firestone Estate in Rancho Mirage.
  • Commercial Restoration Award: Eisenhower Medical Center, the Merril Lynch Building in Palm Springs
  • Residential Preservation Award: Ross Klein for "Stephan’s Folly" in Palm Springs
  • Civic Adaptive Re-Use: Welwood Murray Memorial Library by the City of Palm Springs
  • Pioneer in Modern Restoration & New Design Awared: Marmol Radziner, Leo Marmol FAIA and Ron Radziner FAIA

The Palm Springs Modern Committee wishes to thank the evening’s sponsors: Palm Springs Life, Crater Lake Vodka, and Mosaic Wine Alliance.

Palm Springs Modern Committee is a 501 (C3) non-profit membership organization dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of Desert Modern architecture and design. They accomplish this through education, advocacy for threatened buildings, promotion of heritage tourism, and the celebration of successes in preservation and adaptive reuse.

For information, contact Nickie McLaughlin at

Palm Springs Modern Committee

Photography by Loretta Vlach

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