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Concrete Screen Block: The Power of Pattern

Palm Springs Preservation Foundation board members Ron and Barbara Marshall will present a fascinating lecture on one of the least appreciated of building materials: concrete screen block. Free (1 hr)

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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 in 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 as it has been appropriated by a host of talented artists and designers including Jonathan Adler, Trina Turk, and many others.

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.

Free Ticketed Event

Things to Know

No children or pets and no smoking please.
Please be respectful of the neighborhood and do not park in front of mail boxes or driveways.
This event includes complimentary light refreshments.
This is a popular event so if your plans change and you need to cancel please notify us at so that we may make the space available to someone else.
Handicap parking available.
This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Palm Springs Preservation Foundation.


Event Check-in Location

Palm Springs Woman’s Club, 314 South Cahuilla Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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Photo Credits: Mood Creative, Mood Creative, Mood Creative, CA Modern, National Concrete Masonry Association,Barbara Marshall


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