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 Mod 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.
  • 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.
  • Gary Groff (treasurer) is a CPA with experience in non-profit and for-profit enterprises.  He owns a home designed by Wallace Neff on Tamarisk Country Club.
  • 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 owned 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.  
  • Stacy Weiss is a mid-century design & architectural preservation enthusiast.  She has prior non-profit board experience as a director for the San Mateo Public Library Foundation, Promotional Marketing Association of Northern California and others. She is the founder of Your Choice Or Mine, a promotional products distributorship with a specialty in brand marketing.

Our Mission

Preservation Mirage celebrates important and historic architecture in Rancho Mirage while promoting its appreciation and preservation.  Specifically, by
  • Raising awareness of historic architecture in the city
  • Encouraging the preservation and protection of historic places thereby improving the quality of life in the city
  • Providing educational opportunities that will enhance appreciation of the city’s historical resources
  • Advocating for the preservation of historic architecture
  • Conducting ongoing research into historic homes and neighborhoods

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.