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Founding Fathers of Modern Phoenix 5th Annual Tour

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Come to sunny Arizona for the 5th Annual Modern Phoenix Home Tour and Expo featuring architecture by our city's Founding Fathers of design. See homes designed by Ralph Haver, Al Beadle, Calvin Straub, Ned Sawyer, Harold Ekman, Don Woldridge and more -- and meet the movers and shakers in the midcentury modern preservation movement that is Modern Phoenix. Think you can't afford a midcentury modern home? Check out our tour and think again!



When Apr 03, 2009 12:00 AM to
Apr 05, 2009 12:00 AM
Where Phoenix + Scottsdale, AZ
Contact Name
Contact Phone 602.923.9719
Attendees Alison King, Matthew King, Julius Shulman, Eric Bricker, Don Ryden, Dick Eribes, David Tyda, SMOCA, John Jacquemart, Rachel Simmons, Charlie Ray
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The 5th Annual Modern Phoenix Expo and Founding Fathers of Modern Phoenix Tour in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona April 3, 4 + 5, 2009

This year's event spotlights the urgent need to discuss and document the Valley's endangered inventory of world-class midcentury modern architecture.

The central event of the week, the Founding Fathers of Modern Phoenix Home Tour, gives participants an interactive view into restored midcentury modern homes in the Uptown Phoenix and Arcadia neighborhoods including homes designed by Ralph Haver, Al Beadle, Blaine Drake, Calvin Straub, Ned Sawyer, Harold Ekman and Don Woldridge.

Tickets available NOW at 480-994-ARTS [2787] Press option 2 for Box Office.

~~~~~~~~TICKETED EVENTS~~~~~~~~~~~

First Friday April 3

Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman
With an introduction by Director Eric Bricker

Visual Acoustics explores the monumental career of 97-year-old architectural photographer, Julius Shulman. Populating his photos with human models and striking landscapes, Shulman combined the organic with the synthetic, melding nature with revolutionary urban design.

The resulting images helped to shape the careers of some of the greatest architects of the 20th Century, with Shulman documenting the work of Richard Neutra, Rudolph Schindler, Pierre Koenig, John Lautner, including some of the well-known architects of Modern Phoenix such as Blaine Drake and Ralph Haver. Slides of Shulman's photography in Phoenix will be displayed before the film.

Expo Day April 4

Don Ryden, AIA, Ryden Architects
The Architecture of Enterprise:
Uplifting Design of Modern Phoenix 1945-1975

In 2006, The City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Office contracted Don Ryden to complete a survey of midcentury-era commercial architecture in Phoenix. His findings range from Googie style gimmicks to seriously iconic work by world-renown architects. In this first major study devoted exclusively to the commercial architectural design of Phoenix during this era, Ryden will take us on a lavishly-illustrated armchair tour through both well-recognized and little-known sites. A book signing will be held in the lobby after Ryden's talk.

Julius Shulman, Architectural Photographer
Interviewed by David Tyda, Editor of Desert Living Magazine
Progress + Preservation Trough the Lens

While architectural photographer Julius Shulman is primarily remembered for his artful documentation of California architecture, it is a little-known and rarely-published fact that Shulman also photographed in Arizona as well. Samples of Shulman's Arizona work will be shown as the pair discusses the importance of preserving architectural treasures. Learn some of Shulman's photography techniques and what it was like to work with some of this century's greatest architects.

Richard A. Eribes, PhD, AIA, University of Arizona
Mythic Influence: Calvin C. Straub's Work in Phoenix

After a very successful career designing for the cultural elite in Los Angeles, Cal Straub left California to become a professor at Arizona State University. In addition to an impressive body of work that often fused Arts and Crafts styling with Modern sensibility, Straub also left an indelible impression on the lives of those he taught at ASU. Dick Eribes will provide a biographical sketch and illustrated tour through Straub's significant works, with a spotlight on those he completed in Arizona.

Ace Bailey, President, Ultimate Art & Cultural Tours
The Ultimate Tour of the Hotel Valley Ho

Tour this iconic Scottsdale resort designed by Ed Varney in 1956 and rehabilitated beyond its glory in 2004 by Mark Philp of Allen + Philp. In addition to the standard tour, guests of Modern Phoenix will experience an exclusive tour of one of the condominium penthouses. Refreshments provided. Tourgoers also receive special discount cards for Trader Vic’s, Café ZuZu and the VH Spa.

Tour Day April 5

Founding Fathers of Modern Phoenix Home Tour

Self-guided park-and-walk tour through custom homes, tract homes and condos by Modern architects Ralph Haver, Al Beadle, Cal Straub, Ned Sawyer, Harold Ekman, Don Woldridge, and more!

The Lambda Car Club of Central Arizona Chapter will have their vintage autos out for the day for our enjoyment.

Tickets now available at 480-994-ARTS [2787] Press option 2 for Box Office.

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