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 nonprofit.   

Board of Directors

  • Melissa Riche (president) 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 “€œMod Mirage”€, a comprehensive study of midcentury architecture in Rancho Mirage.  They live in a 1958 house at Tamarisk Ranchos, designed by William Krisel.
  • Daniel Swartz, AIA (vice-president) is 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.  He owns a Wexler designed home in Thunderbird Heights.
  • Gary Groff (treasurer) is a CPA with more than 40 years of business and nonprofit experience.  He recently renovated the 1956 Wallace Neff designed Richards/Skelton Residence at Tamarisk Country Club.
  • Craig Traupane (secretary) 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.
  • Linda Dwan is an interior designer who previously owned and renovated the Moncrief Residence (William F. Cody, 1957) in Thunderbird North.
  • Don Flood is a portrait photographer and creator of FliePaper, a wallpaper company.  He lives in the Ted Riback Residence at Tamarisk Country Club, recently discovered to be designed by William F. Cody in 1973.  Prior to that, he restored a Charles Dubois home in the Vista Las Palmas neighborhood in Palm Springs.  
  • Stephen Rose spent many years as an entertainment industry attorney working with Walt Disney Pictures, Paramount and, later, 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 the Rubinstein Residence (William F. Cody, 1971).

Our Mission

Preservation Mirage seeks to promote preservation of important and historic architecture in Rancho Mirage.  Specifically to:
 
  • serve as an educational forum for preservation issues and ideas
  • assist owners with gathering information about their homes, communities and historic sites
  • interface with government agencies
  • update members about preservation challenges and initiatives
  • celebrate preservation