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ABOUT PRESERVATION MIRAGE

Preservation Mirage began as an informal group of midcentury homeowners that met to exchange ideas and information about owning and preserving midcentury architecture in Rancho Mirage, California. As the number of participants increased, so did the group's goals. In late 2017, a board of directors was elected, and the preservation group became a registered nonprofit.

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OUR MISSION

Preservation Mirage celebrates the architectural history of Rancho Mirage by promoting its protection and appreciation. We do this by:

Advocating for the protection of significant architecture while providing a path for those seeking historic designations. 

Raising awarenessof the city's historic architecture by offering educational opportunities that enhance its appreciation.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MELISSA RICHE

A writer, researcher, local historian, and preservationist. For 30 years she has written about architecture and design for a variety of clients and publications. She is the author of Mod Mirage, a comprehensive study of midcentury architecture in Rancho Mirage. She lives in a 1958 house in the historic district Tamarisk Ranchos, designed by William Krisel.

DANIEL SWARTZ

A dedicated preservationist and design and architecture expert. He serves on the board of Sci-Arc Architecture and Design School in Los Angeles and the advisory board of the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture. A Rancho Mirage resident, until recently he owned a Wexler-designed house in Thunderbird Heights.

DANIEL ALLEN

Started his career as an estate-planning attorney before moving into wealth management. He currently is an executive at a large financial institution. His passion for midcentury design began when he first stepped foot in the desert twelve years ago. He lives in the Thunderbird North community.

CAROL LEFLUFY

Born in Vancouver Canada, she lived in NYC for twenty years working in the photography business before moving to Los Angeles to start her own agency Eye Forward. Her love of architecture and design began growing up in a house her father, an architect, designed. She is a docent at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, a collector of photography and photography books, and lives in Tamarisk West.

CRAIG TRAUPANE

Trained as an architect, he specializes in managing restorations of historic homes, including the Charney Residence (Wexler & Harrison, 1957) at Tamarisk Country Club and two residences by William F. Cody.

THOMAS WATSON

A lawyer and activist with an abiding love of architecture. He is a partner with the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson. He owns the 1960 Tompkins residence designed by Thornton Ladd & John Kelsey in Thunderbird Heights. And he is presently building a home designed by the Spanish firm Esteva i Esteva in Los Angeles.

MARGARET SPANIOLO

Spent over 30 years in New York City as a Fashion Executive for luxury retailers before moving to California and opening her current consulting company. Her passion for renovating and preserving homes began 25 years ago involving building and or restoring 9 homes/apts. Moving to the desert one year ago and discovering an architecturally significant midcentury home changed her world and she soon became an advocate for the preservation of Rancho Mirage’s legacy homes. She lives in the Thunderbird North community.

BOB BERG

A California native, he previously served on the City of Rancho Mirage Historic Preservation Commission and currently serves on the Speakers’ Series Commission. He has been a member of Preservation Mirage since its inception. Bob is retired from his professional life as Global Director for Procurement for a large research and engineering corporation. He has lived in Rancho Mirage since 2004.

NATHAN JACROUX

A senior marketing executive with a passion for design and architecture. He has lived in Rancho Mirage since 2012 in the Tamarisk / Treasure Palms Estates neighborhood. Nathan has lovingly restored a 1907 Transitional Arts & Crafts Mills Act property in Angeleno Heights, Los Angeles's first HPOZ.

SCOTT GOLDSTEIN

An entrepreneur and artist who took his first steps in Rancho Mirage the year after it became a city. His family has been in the desert for over sixty years and as a result, he has an unhealthy obsession with midcentury modern architecture. He and his wife feel very lucky to own a 1959 Mar-Val home that shelters them from Chicago winters.

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COMMITTEES

Preservation Mirage has established seven committees focused on bringing our mission to life, each chaired by a board member, and staffed by our members who graciously volunteer their time. If you are interested in joining one of our committees, please check the box on your membership profile and email the committee chair. 

ADMINISTRATION

CHAIR: Bob Berg

The board's secretary serves as the chair, in charge of administrative duties including records keeping and signatory duties.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

CHAIR: Margaret Spaniolo

Forge relationships with local realtors and create Welcome Wagon materials to welcome all new residents to RM.

EDUCATION & ADVOCACY

CHAIRS: Melissa Riche, Thomas Watson

As our historical resource, this committee owns educational content for events, Neighborhood Nights, quarterly newsletters, and coordinates research as needed for historic home designation, and advocates for preservation.

EVENTS

CHAIRS: Daniel Allen, Carol LeFlufy

Owns the operating calendar. Handles the planning & execution of events, tours, and Neighborhood Nights.

HISTORICAL RESEARCH SURVEY

CHAIR: Daniel Swartz

Focused on a three-stepped strategy to update the Rancho Mirage Historical Resources Survey: 1) secure a path for the city to recognize it 2) fund it 3) execute.

MARKETING & MERCHANDISE

CHAIR: Nathan Jacroux

Owns the design & development of the website, social media content, marketing tools, campaigns, and sellable products.

MEMBERSHIP & FUNDRAISING

CHAIR: Scott Goldstein

Focused on growing memberships, working to secure targeted high-dollar donations, grants, and sponsorships to achieve our shared goals, and act as a high-touch concierge for our highest-tier “preservationist” members.