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The City of Palm Springs Historic Site Preservation Board Presents 9th annual Preservation Matters Symposium

April 29, 2023 - April 30, 2023

In ongoing efforts to educate and inspire the public, Palm Springs’ Historic Site Preservation Board presents its ninth annual PRESERVATION MATTERS symposium, April 29-30, at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

“The City of Palm Springs is recognized as an international destination for exceptional architecture and design,” says Palm Springs Mayor Grace Garner. “As a community committed to preserving the unique historic character of Palm Springs, we are proud to present this preservation event and recognize the important work of our Historic Site Preservation Board.”

Garner will welcome attendees to the symposium and Palm Springs Mayor Pro Tem Jeffrey Bernstein will moderate a panel discussion on the economics of Architectural and Cultural Tourism.

The free two-day event offers an engaging program lineup focusing on the roles of water and tourism in shaping the history, development, and built environment of greater Palm Springs.

Following the symposium’s first day, attendees can take one of 12 home tours ranging from a stored modern ranch in Palm Springs’ Little Tuscany neighborhood to a pair of homes designed by William Krisel. Attendees must pre-register for Day 1 of the symposium to take a home tour.

“Year after year, the Palm Springs Preservation Matters symposium continues to educate, entertain and inspire as an important part of the preservation community, adds Courtney Newman, co-founder of the Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS ModCom). “As a prior presenter, I enjoy seeing the variety of thoughtful topics and look forward to learning more as the symposium evolves.”

Poised to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2024, PS ModCom is a non-profit organization dedicated to appreciating and preserving Desert Modern architecture and design. One of its board members, Jade Nelson, is vice chair of the Historic Site Preservation Board and will present the welcome address to open the April 30 programming as the symposium’s co-chair.

Individuals who have made significant contributions to local historic preservation efforts will be recognized at the symposium.

Architectural models designed by students from St. Theresa School, Palm Springs High School, and College of the Desert will be displayed. Many local preservation organizations will also have tables at the event to provide information on their organizations and activities. The symposium culminates with closing reception and no-host bar at the Palm Springs Convention Center, where attendees can gather and share conversations with other attendees about historic preservation.

To register or for more information, visit: https://www.palmspringsca.gov/government/departments/planning/historic-resources/preservation-month/symposium-registration


Palm Springs Convention Center
277 N Avenida Caballeros
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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