An architectural historian by profession, Peter Moruzzi is a long time preservationist who specializes in mid-century Modern architecture and design. He was Chair of the Los Angeles Conservancy’s Modern Committee from 1992 to 1997, and was a Conservancy board member for six years. In 1999, he founded the Palm Springs Modern Committee in order to save the Frey-designed Fire Station #1 from demolition for a parking structure.

In 2002, Moruzzi received the presidential citation for public service from the American Institute of Architects’ California Council for his efforts at preserving Modernist architecture. He wrote and produced Desert Holiday, a documentary chronicling the history of the Coachella Valley as seen through vintage postcards. Moruzzi is also the author of Classic Dining: Discovering America’s Finest Mid-Century Restaurants, Havana Before Castro: When Cuba Was a Tropical Playground and Palm Springs Holiday. Moruzzi served as President of PS ModCom from its founding until 2011, and still serves as Advocacy Committee Chair for the organization.

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