Palm Springs Modern Committee to Open Season With Annual Preservation Awards

Recognizing outstanding achievements in preservation, restoration, and adaptive reuse of midcentury modern buildings and new modern design

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One of the most popular social events beckons as the Palm Springs Modern Committee opens the 2015-16 season with its Annual Preservation Awards Cocktail Reception and Dinner on Oct. 3.

The glamorous evening affair runs 6-9 p.m. with a formal cocktail reception, dinner, and award presentation at the eclectic Hard Rock Hotel in downtown Palm Springs.


Photo by Daniel Chavkin

Ross Klein will receive the Residential Preservation Award for “Stephan's Folly.”


The evening honors outstanding achievements in the areas of preservation, restoration, renovation or adaptive reuse of a midcentury modern residential or commercial property, along with excellence in new modern design.

Designer Trina Turk (pictured below) will emcee the evening’s awards presentation with assistance from surprise guest presenters.


Photo by Daniel Chavkin

The Welwood Murray Memorial Library is being recognized for Civic Adaptive Re-Use.


The honorees include:

Residential Rehabilitation Award: Merle and Robert Lustbader for their Firestone Estate residence 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”

Civic Adaptive Re-Use: Welwood Murray Memorial Library by the City of Palm Springs

Pioneer in Modern Restoration & New Design Award: Marmol Radziner, Leo Marmol FAIA and Ron Radziner FAIA


Take advantage of this opportunity to support preservation and pay tribute to the people who make it happen.

Dress: Modern Glam.

Tickets: $100; Tables of 10: $1000.

Information: or contact Nickie McLaughlin at

PS ModCom is a 501 (C-#) 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.

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