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Modern Phoenix Home Tour + Expo

by Alison King last modified Jan 04, 2012 01:15 AM expired
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Our Progress + Preservation event spotlights the urgent need to practice mid-century modern design preservation while also honoring the independent spirits that create contemporary design in Phoenix. This weekend event will juxtapose local attitudes and approaches toward both Midcentury Modern and Contemporary architecture and design through talks, workshops and home tours. We'll take the dialogue between past and present to the next level by bringing together a dynamic mix of creative personalities and over 40 vendors at our Expo. Please join us for this one-of-a-kind event in Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ.



When Apr 05, 2008 12:30 PM to
Apr 06, 2008 11:00 AM
Where Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ
Contact Name
Contact Phone 480-994-ARTS (box office)
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The box office is now open for the Modern Phoenix Home Tour and Expo 2008! 
Call 480-994-2787 for tickets.

Updated details about workshops and photos are at:


11:30 - 4:30 pm

Free public expo featuring 40 Modern Phoenix Member-owned specialty products and services related to modernism and modern contemporary design including: fine art, mid-century modern furniture, real estate, green design, interior design, custom contemporary furniture, design preservation and design education.

Free admission to The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art for Modern Phoenix Home Tour Ticketholders, including a special Modern Jewelry trunk show and exhibition "Micro Modern featuring miniature Modern dollhouse vignettes.

Free information and dialogue on preservation and research of mid-century design at the City of Scottsdale and City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Commission tables.

FREE Door prize drawing
at 3:30 sponsored by Modern Phoenix members. Must be present at end of expo to win.

Order tickets today at 480-994-2787. Seating and tour tickets are limited.

Frank Henry, Adjunct Professor, Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin West
"The Iconic Age of Modern Phoenix"

4 - 5:30 pm, $15
Frank Henry worked for the architectural firm Weaver & Drover for roughly 30 years, is an accomplished architect in his own right, and currently teaches at Taliesin West. Having participated in Phoenix's Iconic Age of Modern architecture first-hand, Mr. Henry's illustrated talk will take us from the late 50s until the decline of traditional modernism in 1970. Mr. Henry will focus on institutional architecture and the firms and personalities that created some of Phoenix's most iconic buildings.

David Tyda, Editor of Desert Living Magazine with guest panel
"Progress + Preservation in Phoenix"

2 - 2:50 pm, $8
Invited guests include: James Trahan of 180º, Joe Herzog of [merz] project, Allen + Philip Architects, Christoper Alt of Studio Ma, and Christy Ten Eyck of Ten Eyck Landscape Architects.
David and the panel will discuss issues of development, design and growth in the Phoenix metro area with a focus on each designer's adaptive re-use of Midcentury Modern spaces.

Debbie Abele, architectural historian for Maricopa County
"Modern Scottsdale"

1 - 1:50 pm, $8
Experience Debbie's illustrated slide show about the specific preservation efforts of the City of Scottsdale, which regionally leads the way in MCM preservation. Ralph Haver’s Town and Country subdivision, the Village Grove neighborhood (location of April 6 home tour) and Scottsdale Garden Apartments designation will be discussed. Social, cultural, economic and design influences on Scottsdale’s development of a mid-century “boom town” will also be addressed.

Charlie Ray, Designer, The Green Room
"Cacti and Succulents as Living Sculpture"

12 - 12:50 pm, $15 (includes materials fee)
In addition to leading the indoors out, a principle tenet of Modernsim is bringing the outdoors in. Learn how to create living modern sculpture out of low-maintenance cacti and succulents in this hands-on workshop. Plant selection, dramatic staging, top dressing, potting, aesthetics, and maintenance will be discussed.

John Jacquemart, Historian
"Researching Your Midcentury Modern Home using Primary Sources"

12 - 12:50 pm, $8
Follow the information hound John Jacquemart through the stages of launching a quest to research midcentury Modern homes and neighborhoods using local resources and online databases. Enhanced by rich illustrations and hands-on exploration of actual historical media John has found, this workshop is perfect for the Modern homeowner wishing to discover their home's history.

Brandon Gore, Concrete Artisan, Gore Design Studio
"Concrete Casting 101"

Saturday, April 12 from 1 - 5 pm, $45
Learn the principles of working concrete in this get-messy workshop at the Gore Design Studio. Each participant will walk away with plans and techniques for casting their own concrete coffee table. This hands-on workshop is designed and targeted for do-it-yourselfers, and as such, is closed to professionals in the concrete industry.

Sunday, April 6th from 2 - 6 pm

10 to 15 homes designed by Charles Schreiber for Allied Builders and surrounding neighborhoods will be open for a self-guided park-and-walk tour. These tract ranch homes feature similar floorplans but several modifications over the years. Low-pitched rooflines, covered carports, cheerful porch posts and block fenestration are all qualities Schreiber's Allied Modern Elevations share.

April 6 from 6 to 9 pm
Retro Cocktail Hour Revisited:
Modern Phoenix Afterparty sponsored by Desert Living magazine at Design Within Reach.
Featuring contemporary reinterpretations of classic mid-century cocktail party appetizers by The International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Phoenix Culinary Program.

We are also adding exclusively enhanced tours of the swanky Hotel Valley Ho as well as a First Friday art tour event in Phoenix. Details to be posted soon!

See you there!
Alison King
Founding Editor


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