About Us

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

     

Board of Directors

President: Melissa Riche. Melissa Riche is a writer, researcher, architecture fan and preservationist. For more than 20 years she has written about architecture and design for a variety of clients and publications. She and her photographer husband wrote and photographed the book ‘Mod Mirage’, a comprehensive study of midcentury architecture in Rancho Mirage. They live in a 1958 house at Tamarisk Ranchos, designed by William Krisel.

Vice President: Dan Swartz. Dan Swartz is past chairman of the Historic Preservation Commission for the City of Rancho Mirage. He is a dedicated preservationist and design and architecture expert who also serves on the board for the Sci-Arc architecture and design school in Los Angeles.

Treasurer: Gary Groff. Gary Groff is a CPA with more than 40 years of business and nonprofit experience. He and his husband recently renovated the 1956 Wallace Neff designed Richards/Skelton residence.

Secretary: Craig Traupane. Craig Traupane trained as an architect. He specializes in managing the restoration of historic homes, including the Charney Residence (Wexler & Harrison, 1957) at Tamarisk Country Club, and two residences by William F. Cody. He and his family live in a 1957 William Krisel-designed home at ‘Valley of the Sun’ in Rancho Mirage.

Member: Stephen Rose. Stephen Rose spent many years as an entertainment industry attorney, working with Walt Disney Pictures, Paramount, and as an agent. His true passion is for architecture and preservation, having owned and restored homes by John Lautner, Thornton Ladd, John Elgin Wolff, Paul R. Williams, and most recently William F. Cody’s final residential commission, the Rubinstein residence in Rancho Mirage at Tamarisk Country Club.