1999 – Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS ModCom) holds its first meeting at Courtney Newman’s furnishings store, ModernWay, where the group continutes to meet for many years. The new non-profit organization is initially founded to advocate for saving the 1955 Albert Frey-designed Fire Station #1 from demolition for a parking garage. Victorious. City Council designates property as Class One Historic Site. Peter Moruzzi becomes the organization’s first president.

2000 – Palm Springs Modernism Show is inaugurated. PS ModCom designs/staffs first of many subsequent booths for show

2000 – Inauguration of annual Modern Home Tours

2000 – CEQA attorney in support of future advocacy efforts retained

2001 – First edition of Map of Modern Palm Springs produced. Becomes bestseller at Visitors Center

2001 – Website goes online

2001 – $50,000 secured from developer of Ralph’s Shopping Center at Sunrise and Ramon to pay for historic resources survey of Palm Springs

2002 – Became 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in order to raise funds for advocacy, education, and outreach purposes

2002 – Inaugurated annual Modern Preservation Awards

2003 – Annual February education exhibit inaugurated at Palm Springs Public Library

2004 – “Palm Springs Visions: A Community Forum” that addresses growth and preservation issues organized by PS ModCom

2006 – Desert Holiday, DVD documentary with narrated history of Coachella Valley utilizing vintage postcards, produced by founder Peter Moruzzi for sale by PS ModCom

2007– Honored by California State Historic Resources Commission with special award

2007– Lifetime Achievement Award added to annual Preservation Awards Luncheon

2007 – Sponsorship of first of numerous stars to be placed on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. Recipients include E. Stewart Williams, Julius Shulman, Donald Wexler, William Krisel, Hugh Kaptur and Richard Neutra

2009 – Educational multi-media kiosk on Palm Springs Modern presented to Palm Springs Visitors Center

2010 – Redesigned and greatly enhanced website goes online

2012 – Launched PS Modern Tour App, in partnership with Palm Springs Life Magazine.

2013 – Received AIA Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement Award at National Convention, Denver

2013 – Became one of 100 Founders of the Architecture & Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion, a new outpost of the Palm Springs Art Museum

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