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Concrete Screen Block: The Power of Pattern

From their new book Concrete Screen Block: The Power of Pattern, authors Ron & Barbara Marshall will present an informative lecture on a fascinating, yet under-appreciated, building material.


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Join authors Ron and Barbara Marshall for a fascinating and informative lecture about one of the least appreciated but most readily recognized of midcentury building materials: concrete screen block. Using many historical and rare images from their new book Concrete Screen Block: The Power of Pattern, the Marshalls explain how screen block exploded onto the architectural scene in the late 1950s, reached its peak at the 1964 New York World’s Fair and slowly diminished in popularity into the 1970s. During its heyday, screen block was offered in over 250 designs, some verging on the sculptural. The clever marketing of screen block as “fashionable” is examined as well as later marketing attempts to find new uses for the material. Screen block continues to exert an influence on popular culture to this day and has seen a mini-revival in popularity. 

The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to educate and promote public awareness of the importance of preserving the historical resources and architecture of the city of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley area.” PSPF offers free membership as a public benefit. To learn more about the work of the foundation see www.pspreservationfoundation.org.

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This event is for ages 18 and older.
No pets and no smoking please.
This event includes complimentary refreshments.
Please be respectful of the neighborhood and do not park in front of mail boxes or driveways.
This is a popular event so if your plans change and you need to cancel please notify us at info@pspreservationfoundation.org so that we may make the space available to someone else.
This event has handicap parking available and is wheelchair accessible.
This event is organized by Palm Springs Preservation Foundation

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314 South Cahuilla Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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