Concrete Screen Block: The Power of Pattern


Concrete Screen Block: The Power of Pattern was researched and written by PSPF board members Ron and Barbara Marshall. The layout and design of the 120-page book was done by talented graphic designer Gary Wexler. Published in 2018, the scholarly and lavishly-illustrated book catalogs over 250 screen block patterns. Sometimes called breeze or perforated block, screen block was used by many of the major architects of the era, including Edward Durell Stone, and by architects like William Krisel and William Cody in Southern California. PSPF believes that this book will help identify rare examples of this extraordinary building material and will greatly aid future historic preservation efforts. In addition to contemporary professional photographs, the book includes many extraordinary vintage images. This PSPF educational effort is fundamentally different from the foundation’s past journal projects. While Palm Springs is certainly a point of focus, this book is national in scope and will help inform preservation efforts throughout the Sunbelt, from California to Florida.