In Memory of Patrick McGrew, 1941-2013

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It's with a heavy heart that we report that Artbound contributor Patrick McGrew passed away last week. Patrick was an outstanding writer, who was committed to sharing his love for architecture and historic preservation in Palm Springs and beyond. In person, Patrick was quick-witted and such a pleasure to be around; we were graced with his participation in Artbound's documentary on artist Danny Heller, and his article on Donald Wexler's steel frame homes inspired us to animate Wexler's blue prints too. As a tribute to Patrick, here are the articles that he wrote for Artbound, so that you can get to know the man through his words. RIP Patrick, you'll be missed.

McGrew's family asks that donations in his memory go to the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation.

Twin Palms Estates Development - Model A2 Residence (1957, Palmer & Krisel) | Photo: William Krisel, Architect, Getty Archive.

Flipping Krisels: Historic Preservation for Fun and Profit
In Palm Springs, the financing of preservation projects is still borne primarily by private investors - individuals wise enough to see how an investment in integrity can also turn a profit.

Nolan Residence, Palm Springs, rear view. | Photo: Stephen Willard for House & Garden, May 1933.

Mr. Nolan Builds His Dream House: Palm Springs' Cary Grant House, The Backstory

The Palm Springs and L.A. homes of past celebrities reflect personal histories more interesting than those that derive from subsequent tenancies by members of the glitterati.

Panorama from the Havana Hilton | Photo: Patrick McGrew.

A California Architect Visits Cuba
Cuba, a world forcibly divorced from the American mainland, is not a world apart. It is a synthesis of the major design movements of the 20th Century and a rich repository of architectural history awaiting rediscovery by the world at large.

View from poolside. Photo: Patrick McGrew.

The Hidden History of the Kaufmann House
Arguably the most famous home in Palm Springs, the Kaufmann desert house is a masterpiece - a structure of unexcelled modernism and sophistication that continues to serve as a model of its type, style, and period.

Steel Development House No. 2 (1962, Wexler & Harrison.)

Steel Modern: A History of Steel Houses in Palm Springs
Steel construction is the once and future champion of residential construction in the desert. Artbound explores how the iconic pre-fabricated modular houses of architects Wexler & Harrison have come to define the architectural heritage of Palm Springs.

As part of the 1980s Master Plan, the gymnasium (1950, Williams, Williams & Williams) was demolished.  The site is now open space.  The equally stylish Cafeteria building in the foreground by the same architects survives, but has undergone many insensitive alterations. |  Photo: The Willows Historic Inn.

Destructing Modernism: Will Palm Springs School District Tear Down a Wexler Building?
Palm Springs School Board vs. Modernism. Will the demolition of a modernist building by architect Don Wexler erase history?

Top Image: Patrick McGrew at the Kaufmann house just before dusk. | Photo: Robert Julian.

About the Author

Drew Tewksbury is a Los Angeles-based cultural journalist, editor, photographer, and multimedia producer. Tewksbury is the managing editor / co-producer for KCET-TV's Artbound, a transmedia project providing in-depth arts/cultur...
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