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.

Our Mission

Preservation Mirage celebrates important and historic architecture in Rancho Mirage while promoting its appreciation and preservation. Its goals are to:

  • Raise awareness of historic architecture in the city.
  • Encourage the preservation and protection of historic places, thereby improving the quality of life in the city.
  • Provide educational opportunities that will enhance appreciation of the city’s historical resources.
  • Advocate for the preservation of historic architecture.
  • Conduct ongoing research into historic homes and neighborhoods,
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Board of Directors

Melissa Riche (President) is 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 at the historic district Tamarisk Ranchos, designed by William Krisel.

Craig Traupane (Vice President) 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.

Bob Berg (Secretary)is a California native. He previously served on 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.

Stacy Weiss (Treasurer) 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 a promotional products distributorship, ‘Your Choice or Mine’ with a specialty in brand marketing.

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 Du Bois home in the Vista Las Palmas neighborhood in Palm Springs.

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

Daniel Swartz, AIA 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.

Thomas Watson is a lawyer and activist with an abiding love of architecture. He is a partner with the law firm of Diamond McCarthy LLP, specializing in U.S. and international litigation and arbitration. He owns the 1960 Tompkins residence designed by Thorton Ladd & John Kelsey in Thunderbird Heights. And he is presently building a home designed by the Spanish firm Esteva i Esteva in Los Angeles.